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Sponsors sought for program to provide meals for children during summer break

By Staff | Feb 20, 2020

HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide free meals for children in low-income communities during the summer.

The SFSP provides nutritious meals that help children to learn, play and grow during the summer break when many schools are not in session.

Schools, public agencies, churches and private nonprofit organizations may apply to be SFSP sponsors. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements for serving healthy meals and snacks at approved sites to children and teenagers, 18 years and younger. Sponsors are encouraged to provide educational or recreational activities.

In 2019, 72,692 SFSP lunches were served across 98 locations throughout the state.

The Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs (HCNP) will conduct workshops for new and returning sponsors on Maui, Hawaii, Kauai and Oahu from March 23 to April 3.

Personnel responsible for administering the SFSP will be required to attend. For more information about SFSP, contact Daniel Sutcharitkul at the Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs at 587-3600.

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.