Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is encouraging organizations statewide to help provide nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months through the Food Service Program of summer of PDE. Sponsors must apply by May 31, 2022.

“Hunger impacts families across the Commonwealth; he does not discriminate, ”said Education Secretary Dr Noe Ortega. “The sad reality is that for many students, their only access to healthy meals is at school. We know that hunger creates significant barriers to learning and development, and we call on Commonwealth organizations to join us in tackling hunger during the summer months and helping students receive nutritious meals even when school is not in progress.

Last summer, nearly 250 organizations provided nutritious meals for children in more than 2,400 locations across the state. However, to reach more children and reduce the hunger gap that summer can bring, more organizations and places to eat are needed, especially in rural areas.

Participating organizations are reimbursed for meals served to children who live in areas where at least 50 percent of children are entitled to free or reduced-price meals under the national school meals program.

Participating organizations must be non-profit entities open year round, which include schools, local, city or county governments, libraries, churches, fire and police stations, summer camps residential and national youth sports programs. Organizations approved to sponsor the summer foodservice program are responsible for managing the feeding sites that provide meals to children.

Most participating organizations can be reimbursed for up to two meals per day: lunch or dinner and breakfast or a snack. Those mainly caring for migrant children can be reimbursed for up to three meals a day. Camps can serve up to three meals per day, but they are only reimbursed for meals served to children eligible for free or reduced meals under the National School Meals Program.

The Summer Foodservice Program, which began in 1976, is a federally funded infant nutrition program designed to reach those who are 18 years of age or younger in economically disadvantaged areas. People over 18 who are mentally or physically disabled and who participate in private, public or non-profit programs established for people with disabilities may also receive free meals at summer foodservice program sites.

For more information on how to become a participating organization or a meal site for the Summer Foodservice Program, see the website at www.education.pa.gov/sfsp or call 800.331. 0129.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and the civil rights regulations and policies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the USDA, its agencies, offices, employees, and institutions participating in or administering are prohibited. USDA programs to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or retaliation or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity carried out or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require other means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audio tape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired can contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Program information may be available in languages ​​other than English.

To file a discrimination program complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) available online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: US Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; Where

(3) Email: [email protected]

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