DPI Seeks Sponsors to Help Provide Meals to Disadvantaged Children

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) seeks new and renewal sponsors to meet the food needs of economically disadvantaged children during the 2019 summer break from school. Last summer, 240 sponsors provided 2.9 million free meals to children from low-income families across the state through the Summer Food Service Program. Sponsors operated 965 sites statewide – an increase of 60 from the prior year.

“Many families struggle to provide food for their children throughout the year, but especially so during the summer when the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs aren’t running,” said State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor. “I encourage more public and private schools and nonprofit organizations to run nutrition sites so more children have access to nutritious meals this summer.”

Sponsors can be public or private nonprofit school food authorities or summer camps; units of local, municipal, county, tribal or state governments; public or private colleges or universities that participate in the National Youth Sports and Precollege Programs; and private nonprofit organizations (special considerations and restrictions apply).

All 2019 sponsors must complete the online Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) application by Feb. 15.