Jan. 17, 2008

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE SPONSORS SOLICITED

The Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services is seeking potential sponsors to operate the Summer Food Service Program in Nebraska. Eligible sponsors include public or nonprofit private schools, residential camps, and local, municipal, county or state government sites as well as private, nonprofit sponsors and sites.

The Summer Food Service Program operates during the summer or any school vacation of at least three weeks in schools with a continuous school year calendar. Meals and snacks are usually served to children in such places as schools, churches, playgrounds or parks.

The Summer Food Service Program was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive meals during long school vacations when they do not have access to the school lunch or breakfast.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Persons with disabilities requiring alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) and (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information about sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program, contact Bev Benes, director, Nutrition Services, Nebraska Department of Education, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509. Telephone (800) 731-2233 or (402) 471-2488.