Central Services Facility

Summer Food Service Program sponsors needed

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Department of Education announces that it is seeking sponsors for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for this coming summer of 2010.

Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who aren’t hungry learn better, behave better and feel better. The SFSP helps all children up to the age of 18 get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow during summer months when they don’t have access to other meal programs. 

The program is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Wyoming Department of Education administers it at the state level, and is seeking sponsors to provide services at the local level. 

In past years, several Wyoming communities have been successful participants in the program. We would like to have more communities involved in the effort to help children become more successful in school through good nutrition.  More sponsors are needed at the local level in order to feed more hungry children during the summer months. 

The SFSP is not just for schools. Local YMCAs, parks and recreation programs, and other private non-profit agencies can also participate. These summer sites must meet some specific criteria regarding the income eligibility of either children living in the area or enrolled in the program at the chosen site. We can help with obtaining information for possible sites in your community.

If you are interested in sponsoring the program and would like more details regarding qualifications as a sponsor, please contact Amanda Anderson, Nutrition Programs Consultant, at (307) 777-7168. Even though summer seems far away, planning needs to begin now. Application packets will be mailed in March to those expressing an interest in participating.