Summer Food Service Program
What is the Summer Food Service Program?
The Summer Food Service Program is a summer meal program for school age children administered by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The Cleveland Foodbank is a sponsor of this program and last summer provided over 800 daily meals to school age children in low income areas. June through August is a challenging time of year when students have limited or no access to the school lunch program. The Cleveland Foodbank delivers daily hot or cold meals nutritious meals to partner sites that serve the meal to children when school is not in session. Many of the children that participate in SFSP are the same children who rely on the school lunches.
Why we need to recruit more Summer Feeding sites.
SFSP was created to feed children, which qualify for free/reduced school lunches, through the summer months when schools are closed.
ODE provides the Foodbank’s meal reimbursements June through August. Below are the Ohio Department of Education’s requirements for an approved site:
• Sites must have a current fire inspection – performed by the City
• ONLY HOT MEALS: Sites must have a current health department inspection- must be a level 3 license
• Number of meals served each day must be tracked and turned in weekly to the Foodbank
• Menus for the month must be posted at the site
• All meals must be offered to children as a complete meal with no substitutions
• Sites need to advertise meal hours to the community
• Sites need to accept any child for a meal until they reach maximum capacity
Thea DeRosa, Director of Programs
Alonzo Vance, Children’s Program Coordinator
Training for the Summer Food Service Program 2013 will take place in April. RSVP by clicking here.