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.
Organizations are needed to serve as Summer Food Service Program sites in South Dakota. Entities such as schools, non-profits 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.
If your school has one or more sites where 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced- price meals, your school can provide meals for children in the summer in three ways.
2. Summer School – Schools that offer summer school and want to provide meals only to children enrolled in summer school may extend their current Child Nutrition Program agreement with Child and Adult Nutrition Services. The school would receive reimbursement for meals served to children enrolled in summer school at the same rate as the school year.
3. Seamless Summer – Schools that have an eligible site may offer meals at no charge to all area children through age 18. The school generally follows the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program regulations. There is a short amendment to the current agreement. The school receives the free rate of reimbursement for meals served to children.
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.
For more information, visit http://doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.asp or call Child and Adult Nutrition Services at (605) 773-3413. Training for new participants begins in March.