Monday, June 20, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
hart@doe.in.gov

The Indiana Department of Education announced the 2016 Summer Food Service Program sites today.  This summer, more than 260 Summer Food Service Program community sponsors will provide free, nutritious meals to children and youth ages 18 and under at more than a 1000 locations throughout the state.

“I am pleased to announce the sites for the Summer Food Service Program today,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.  “With more than one in five Hoosier students living in poverty, programs like the Summer Food Service Program are essential to providing adequate nutrition to our most vulnerable students.”

Since 1975, the Summer Food Service Program has provided students with access to free, nutritious meals and snacks during the summer months.  Last summer, more than 250 community sponsors served an average of 70,000 meals and snacks every day throughout the state.  Locations range from parks and community centers to schools, churches, and neighborhoods, as well as new mobile sites operated by Summer Food Service Program sponsors.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Indiana Department of Education.  Additional information about the Summer Food Service Program, including an interactive map with site locations and hours of operation, can be found on the Department’s website.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found 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: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.