Sponsors needed to feed children during summer

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's Child Nutrition Services office is now accepting applications for sponsors of the 2006 Summer Feeding Program for children.

Eligible sponsors are those who operate a non-profit meal program during the summer school break to youth ages 18 or younger. Qualified sponsors will be reimbursed for the meals they serve.

The meal sites must be located in areas where at least 50 percent of the children are qualified for free or reduced-price school meals. All children, regardless of family income level, ­can receive a free meal at approved sites.

Participation is open to public and private nonprofit school food authorities, residential summer camps, certain private nonprofit organizations and units of local, county, municipal, tribal, state or federal government. Colleges and universities that participate in the National Youth Sports Program or Upward Bound Program may also participate.

Eligible sponsors may serve up to two meals per child per day. Choices include breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack or dinner. However, residential camps and sponsors serving migrant workers' children are eligible to serve up to three meals per child per day.

Meals must meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal patterns. Sponsors may prepare their own meals or purchase them from a school district or food service management company approved by the OSPI, Child Nutrition Services. Sponsors must keep cost and meal count records on file to support claims for reimbursement.

For further information, contact Donna Parsons, Child Nutrition Services, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. BOX 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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