P. O. BOX 2120
February 14, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Summer Food Service Program

  As program plans are made for the coming summer, we want to
  encourage you to participate in a valuable nutrition program
  that is available for children in your school communities. 
  The federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
  financially supports nutritious summer meals for children
  who live in areas where poor economic conditions exist and
  who would be deprived of the benefits of healthful,
  nutritious meals if this program was not available. 

  Statistics on students who are eligible for free and
  reduced-price lunches indicate there are many more students
  who could benefit from the Summer Food Service Program.  The
  number of Virginia children  who have benefited from the
  SFSP is small compared to the number of students who benefit
  from the National School Lunch Program.

  The priority of the U. S. Department of Agriculture is to
  reach 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 in one or more of your schools, you are encouraged
  to consider this program.  Free meals are available to all
  children enrolled in those schools that meet the criteria
  for the program.  Last summer, schools in  27 Virginia
  school divisions sponsored the SFSP.  Schools have known
  service areas and knowledgeable personnel which makes them
  more ready to offer SFSP.  In other situations, the school
  food service vended the meals to another agency-sponsored

  Federal reimbursement is provided for both meals and
  administrative costs. 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
  SFSP in Virginia.  These offices have personnel to provide
  assistance on this program.  Enclosed is a fact sheet with
  further information on the operation of the SFSP.

  Applications should be submitted no later than May 16, 1997.
  The earlier an application is made; however, more time will
  be available to plan and organize the summer program.

  Once again we encourage you to offer this nutrition program
  in your schools if there is an economic need.  If you would
  like application materials or additional information, please
  contact the USDA at (609) 259-5134 or write Attention:
  Summer Food Service Program, Mercer Corporate Park, USDA,
  Food and Consumer Service, 300 Corporate Boulevard,
  Robbinsville, NJ 08691-1598.


  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.