DES MOINES, Iowa – An estimated 91 percent of students who receive meal assistance during the school year go hungry during the summer months. That’s because there are not enough summer food programs statewide to meet their needs. That’s why the Iowa Department of Education is looking for sponsors statewide to help run a program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children in low-income neighborhoods through the summer.
The Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department of Education, helps reduce the risk of hunger during the summer months. The summer meals program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Funds are available to sponsors to offset the cost.
Sponsoring a program means acting as the manager for the sites. Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff, supervision of meal sites and meal services either via meals prepared on site or vended from another organization.
A free informational webinar on sponsorship will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Visit the following webpage for more information on the summer meal program or to register for the webinar: