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Summer food service providers needed

When school is in session, more than 54,000 South Dakota children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. During the summer, that number drops to about 10,000.

“That means a lot of hungry kids aren't getting their nutritional needs met,” said Sandra Kangas, director of the South Dakota’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services. “The Summer Food Service Program offers a safety net for families -- by providing the well-balanced meals that children need to grow and to be healthy.”

The Summer Food Service Program aims to provide food service to youngsters when school is not in session. Children under the age of 18 can receive a meal free of charge at a participating site.

Organizations are needed to serve as Summer Food Service Program sites. Entities such as non-profit organizations, schools and local governments can apply to be an approved site in either a low-income area or serve a group of children, most of whom are low-income.

To become a sponsoring site, call Child and Adult Nutrition Services at (605) 773-3413.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the South Dakota Department of Education. This agency is an equal opportunity provider.