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Summer Food Service Program helps fill hunger gap


Children in low-income communities are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. However, the programs end when school lets out for the summer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps fill the hunger gap.

During the summer months, SFSP provides nutritious meals that help children to learn, play and grow.

Schools, public agencies, and private nonprofit organizations may apply to be SFSP sponsors. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements for serving healthy meals and snacks at approved sites to children and teenagers (18 years and younger). Sponsors are encouraged to provide educational or recreational activities.

For more information about SFSP, contact Alexis Weisskopf at the state Department of Education Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs at (808) 587-3600.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director of Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice), (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

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