Friday, January 29, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
hart@doe.in.gov

The Indiana Department of Education is seeking new sponsors to participate in the 2016 Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program provides Hoosier children with access to nutritious meals during the summer months. In 2015, more than 250 sponsors, including school corporations, local government agencies and community organizations, were able to serve students in high need areas; however, the Department is encouraging sponsors to expand their programs to feed children in underserved areas.

In 2015, Summer Food Service Program sponsors served nearly three million meals at more than 1400 feeding sites throughout the state. Despite the large number of meals served, fewer than 20% of all low-income Hoosier children that receive free or reduced lunch during the school year received free meals during the summer months. The Department is encouraging innovative ideas and partnerships to increase the number of meal sites and children being served through the Summer Food Service Program.

Since its establishment in 1968, the Summer Food Service Program has been funded and operated by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the states. Participating organizations are reimbursed for their involvement in the program and must adhere to USDA regulations regarding meal service and recordkeeping.

The Indiana Department of Education will host multiple training workshops for participating sponsors in Indianapolis and across the state. Attendance is required for new and returning participants. The deadline to become a sponsor is April 30, 2016.

Additional information about the Summer Food Service Program, including how to participate in the training workshops, 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)               email: 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.
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