Pennsylvania Department of Education advocating to help hungry children year-round

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Organizations across Pennsylvania are being encouraged to help hungry children get the nutrition they need through a program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The program titled the Summer Food Service Program began in 1976 with the goal of providing children in need with nutritious meals even when school is not in session.

Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said the number of organizations that participated in the program in 2017 was not enough to reach all hungry children in Pennsylvania. Rivera said rural areas are especially in need of meal sites.

“No child should ever be denied access to healthy and nutritious food, and keeping students well over the summer break prepares them to return to school ready to learn,” he added.

The program is designed to reach those 18 and under. Also eligible are those over 18 who are mentally or physically disabled and participate in public or nonprofit programs for the disabled.

Participating organizations must be year-round nonprofit entities and are responsible for managing the feeding sites that will provide meals.

Organizations can be reimbursed for two meals a day: lunch/dinner or breakfast/snack. Those which primarily serve migrant children may be reimbursed for three meals.

The deadline for organizations to apply for participation is June 15 2018.

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website: www.education.state.pa.us/sfsp.

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