[Libs-Or] Schools, Community Orgs Sought for Summer Food Service Program

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Thu Jan 31 13:39:28 PST 2019


Please pardon the cross-posting.

"The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking more schools, community organizations and tribes to participate in SFSP this summer to help ensure that children and teens receive the nutritious meals they need during the summer months." See the email below for details. FYI, especially if you are in one of these counties:

Clackamas

Marion

Union

Deschutes

Morrow

Wallowa

Grant

Multnomah

Wasco

Jackson

Sherman

Wheeler

Lincoln

Tillamook

Yamhill


Jen

Jen Maurer, MLS
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From: Super On Behalf Of ODE Communications
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:54 AM
To: Super
Subject: [Super] News Release: Schools, Community Organizations Sought for Summer Food Service Program

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NEWS RELEASE
January 31, 2019
Media Contact: Marc Siegel, marc.siegel at state.or.us<mailto:marc.siegel at state.or.us>


Schools, Community Organizations Sought for Summer Food Service Program
Oregon Department of Education Seeks to Increase Sites to Feed Children and Teens this Summer

(Salem, Ore.) - In Oregon, only 38,908 of the 307,182 children who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals in the National School Lunch Program participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking more schools, community organizations and tribes to participate in SFSP this summer to help ensure that children and teens receive the nutritious meals they need during the summer months. Last summer, Oregon's 135 summer food sponsors served almost 1.6 million meals and snacks at 818 locations.

"Supporting the Summer Food Service Program converts the summer gap into a summer boost," ODE Summer Meals Outreach Coordinator Jessica Visinsky said. "Access to healthy meals and enrichment programs in the summer supports a child's educational and physical growth. When children miss out on chances for meals and enrichment during the summer, it causes a gap that they must try to make up when school reconvenes."

It is important to expand the program and close the hunger gap in all areas of the state, and ODE's Child Nutrition Program is particularly interested in serving more summer meals in the following 15 counties:

Clackamas

Marion

Union

Deschutes

Morrow

Wallowa

Grant

Multnomah

Wasco

Jackson

Sherman

Wheeler

Lincoln

Tillamook

Yamhill


Organizations enter into agreements with the Oregon Department of Education to run the programs. Schools, non-profit community organizations, local government agencies, camps and faith-based organizations that have the ability to manage a food service program may be SFSP sponsors. Sponsors are reimbursed for serving healthy meals and snacks to children and may manage multiple sites.

Sites are places in the community where children receive meals in a safe and supervised environment. Sites may be located in a variety of settings, including schools, parks, community centers, health clinics, hospitals, libraries, migrant centers, apartment complexes and faith-based locations. Sites work directly with local sponsors.

The Oregon Department of Education also has state grant funds available up to $20,000 per applicant to start up or expand summer meal programs, including building community partnerships to increase summer meal programs in your area.

For more information on the Summer Food Service Program, contact Jessica Visinsky at 503-947-5897 or jessica.visinsky at state.or.us<mailto:jessica.visinsky at state.or.us> .  Applications are available on the ODE website<https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/childnutrition/sfsp/Pages/default.aspx> and are due by April 19, 2019.

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