The Department contracts with public and private schools; non-profit organizations; city, county, and tribal governments; and other organizations to feed low-income children during the summer months. Nationally, more than 26 million children eat school lunch daily when school is in session, and about half of them receive their meals free or at a reduced price because they are from families with low household incomes. The summer program offers them nutritious food when school is not in session.
Last year, Idaho’s 86 summer food sponsors served approximately 1.3 million meals at 292 sites. For the 2011 program year, sponsors may be:
- Public or private nonprofit schools;
- Public or private nonprofit residential camps
- Local, municipal, county, tribal, or state governments;
- Public or private nonprofit colleges or universities that participate in the National Youth Sports Program
- Upward Bound programs;
- Libraries; or
- Private nonprofit organizations.
The 2011 training schedule is:
- February 23 – Lewiston – 1-4 p.m.
- February 24 – Coeur d’Alene – 1-4 p.m.
- March 2 – Pocatello – 9 a.m. to noon
- March 3 – Idaho Falls – 9 a.m. to noon
- March 8 – Fruitland – 1-4 p.m.
- March 10 – Boise – 1-4 p.m.
- March 16 – Twin Falls – 1-4 p.m.
Meals for the Summer Food Service Program must be served in accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC, 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY)."The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
~ Melissa M.