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Sponsors Needed For Summer School Meal Programs


Following a record-breaking year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is again seeking sponsors to provide meals to children living in economically disadvantaged areas through its Summer Food Service Program.

Last summer, 254 local sponsors served nearly 3 million free meals at more than 1,000 locations across Wisconsin to children of low-income families.

Amy Kolano is the Summer Food Service Coordination at DPI. She says children can get the meals during a time when school is mostly out of session...

"It does focus in on lower-income areas around the state. The eligibility requirements we look at free and reduced percentages for school districts. So if a school district has 50 percent(reduced and free lunches) or more they would be eligible for the summer food service program..."

Kolano says many of the sponsors are school districts but it can be other agencies public or private. They could include nonprofit school food authorities or nonprofit summer camps, units of local, municipal, county, tribal, or state governments, private nonprofit organizations and public or private colleges or universities. She says there's a deadline approaching...

"...Training registration deadline is Friday, February 14. We are looking for new sponsors. There are approximately 50 different areas around the state that do qualify but don't have a sponsor yet..."

Kolano says you can contact her at the Department of Public Instruction for more information.  The local school district might also have contact information.

We have an email address:  Amy Kolano at amy.kolano@dpi.wi.gov

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