Denise Kahler, Director of Communications (785) 296-4876
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kansas Summer Food Service Program Exceeds One Million Meal Mark this Year
Topeka, KS (September 30, 2013) – Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced today that 105 sponsors in the Kansas Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) have served more than one million meals to Kansas children this program year.
The USDA SFSP provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children ages 1-18 years old in low-income areas get the nutrition they need when school is not in session over the summer months. KSDE Assistant Director of Child Nutrition and Wellness Peggy McAdoo credits this year’s program success to an increase in program sponsors as well as an increase in the number of days sponsors were able to offer food service.
Said McAdoo, “For many children, school meals are critical to their nutritional needs. When school is not in session, this can create a huge void for these children. We are pleased that so many school and community sponsors were able to step in this year and fill this void. We are working hard to increase the reach of this program every year and this year we anticipate our final numbers will represent a more than 11.5 percent increase in meals served over last year.”
The Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers SFSP at the Federal level. State education agencies administer the program in most States.
Locally, SFSP is run by approved sponsors, including school districts, local government agencies, camps, or private nonprofit organizations. Sponsors provide free meals to a group of children at sites such as schools or community centers. They are reimbursed through their State agencies for the documented meals they serve.