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For Immediate Release: February 1, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Partners needed for program that feeds children

When school is in session, more than 56,000 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.

"All too often, that means a lot of children are going without nutritious meals," said Sandra Kangas, director of South Dakota's Child and Adult Nutrition Services. "The Summer Food Service Program offers help to families by making sure each child’s basic nutritional needs are met."

The Summer Food Service Program aims to provide food service to youngsters when school is not in session. Children younger than 18 can receive free meals at participating sites.

Organizations are needed to serve as Summer Food Service Program sites in South Dakota. Entities such as non-profit organizations, schools and local governments can apply to be approved sites if they operate in low-income areas, if they serve a group of mostly low-income children, or if they are summer camps.

To become a participating or sponsoring site, call Child and Adult Nutrition Services at (605) 773-3413. For more information, visit . Training for new participants begins in March.

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.

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