SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 16
January 26, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Meals for Summer School and Enrichment Programs|
As plans are made for summer programs, we want to encourage you to participate in a valuable food service program that is available for children. The federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides funding for nutritious meals served to children who live in areas where poor economic conditions exist, and who would otherwise be deprived of the benefits of healthful, nutritious meals. Federal fund reimbursement is provided for both the meals provided and the administrative costs. In Virginia the number of children provided the benefits of the SFSP is small compared to the National School Lunch Program. In addition, statistics for the SFSP show a low participation as compared with the number of Virginia school children eligible for free and reduced price school lunches. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is very interested in providing the SFSP in areas where poor economic conditions exist. If the number of children eligible to receive free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program exceeds 50 percent at one or more of your schools, you are encouraged to consider this program. In that situation, all children who participate would receive free meals. Since schools have known service areas, established infra-structures, and knowledgeable food service personnel, they are readily able to provide the SFSP. In other situations, the school food service may act as a vendor to provide meals for a SFSP which is sponsored by another agency. Last summer, schools in 22 Virginia school divisions provided the SFSP for children. Please consider this opportunity to provide the Summer Food Service Program's benefits for children in your locality. The SFSP is administered in Virginia by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the Food and Consumer Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture. While the regional office is located in New Jersey, it maintains several field offices (list enclosed) that work locally with the SFSP in Virginia where the USDA staff are available to provide assistance. Applications should be submitted no later than May 10,1996; however, the earlier application is made the more time will be available to prepare for the summer program. The USDA will be scheduling orientation and update session the weeks of April 8 and April 15, 1996. An enclosure provides additional facts about the SFSP and the USDA field offices that service the Commonwealth. If you would like application materials or additional information, please contact the USDA at the toll-free telephone number (800) 572-8611 or Attention: Summer Food Service Program, USDA, Food and Consumer Service, 300 Corporate Boulevard, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. WCBjr/idl Enclosures: A COPY OF THIS MEMO AND ITS ATTACHMENTS WILL BE SENT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE.