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NJDA Seeks Sponsors for Summer Food Service Program

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2003


Hope Gruzlovic




The New Jersey State Department of Agriculture is seeking organizations interested in providing meals for needy children under this year's federally funded Summer Food Service Program.

The program reimburses participating organizations for meals served to children who live in areas in which at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program.

Applicants may include public or private nonprofit school food authorities, units of local, municipal, county or state governments, public or private nonprofit organizations, residential summer camps or national youth sports programs.

The 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 those who are age 18 or younger in economically disadvantaged areas.

It is also open to people over 18 who are mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in public or nonprofit private programs established for the handicapped.

Organizations approved to provide service programs are also responsible for running the feeding sites that provide the meals to youngsters.

Most 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.

Residential 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.

For more information or to obtain an application, call (609) 292-4498. The deadline for submission of completed applications is June 15, 2003.