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DPI Seeking Sponsors for Summer Food Service Program
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/28/2016

When school's out for the summer, programs and organizations across the state still provide free, nutritious meals for economically disadvantaged children through the Summer Food Service Program. As a result, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is seeking sponsors for the 2016 summer program.

Last year, sponsors provided nearly 2.8 million free meals to children from low-income families during the summer months. The agency says number of sponsors and meals served in Wisconsin has increased 32 percent in the last five years--which now operates in 872 sites statewide.

"Through its year-to-year growth, the Summer Food Service Program demonstrates its increasing importance in communities across Wisconsin," said State School Superintendent Tony Evers. "I commend our public and private schools and nonprofit organizations for increasing their sponsorship and the number of nutrition sites to serve the many families who need food assistance during the summer."

The most common sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program has been local school districts which combine a meal program with their summer school sessions. Through partnerships and creative collaboration, some districts have been able to work with other organizations to extend the Summer Food Service Program beyond summer school to meet the needs of more children.

For more details on the application process, go to: www.wisummerfood.org.

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