The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) announced this week that the USDA is going to be in a position to fund and provide free meals and snacks to children through the summer months of 2012. More than 350,000 Md. kids rely on free meal and snack programs during the regular academic school year – but wouldn’t normally have that same availability for healthy meals over the summer.
“It is important that local organizations actively engage their communities by operating a summer activities program that includes the SFSP. When this occurs, more children receive the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and play during the summer months,” said Dr. Bernard J. Sadusky, Interim State Superintendent of Schools.
According to MSDE, this program will provide reimbursement to organizations for meals and snacks served to children in area where at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program, or when 50 percent of the children enrolled in a program qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Most organizations may be reimbursed for up to two meals or snacks per child per day. Migrant programs and camps may be reimbursed for up to three meals per child per day.
The Program is open to children and teens age 18 and under and to individuals over 18 who are mentally or physically disabled.
Interested organizations should call MSDE at (410) 767-0225.
The deadline for program applications is May 31, 2012.
See www.eatsmartmaryland.org for additional information on the program.
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