Secretary Arthur R. Brown, Jr. announced today that
the Department of Agriculture is searching for organizations
interested in providing meals for needy children
this year under the federally funded Summer Food
interested in applying for the program should contact
Emma Davis-Kovacs, Summer Food Service Program Coordinator
at the Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets,
Bureau of Child Nutrition, PO Box 334, Trenton, NJ
08625-0334 or at (609) 292-4498. The deadline for
applications is May 1, 1998.
Summer Food Service Program reimburses participating
organizations for meals served to children from areas
in which at least 50 percent of the children qualify
for free or reduced-price meals under the National
School Lunch Program.
may include public or private non-profit school food
authorities; units of local, municipal, county or
state governments; public or private non-profit organization;
residential summer camps and national youth sports
participating organizations may be reimbursed for
up to two meals a day -- lunch and either breakfast
or a snack. Those serving primarily migrant children
may be reimbursed for up to three meals a day.
camps also may serve up to three meals a day, but
they will be reimbursed only for meals served to
children eligible for free or reduced-price meals
under the National School Lunch Program.
or non-profit programs established for mentally or
physically handicapped adults over 18 years of age
may also participate in the program.
approved to provide service programs are responsible
for running the feeding sites that provide the lunches
Summer Food Service Program began in 1976 as an outgrowth
of the National School Lunch Program, which provides
meals to needy children during school hours. It is
designed to reach youngsters in economically disadvantaged