Indiana Department of Education to expand Summer Meals Program

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): The Indiana Department of Education is asking all eligible local schools and community organizations to sponsor a summer meals program, especially in areas where children may lack good nutrition when school is not in session.

About 15% of Indiana households are food insecure, and the Department says fewer than 20% of all low-income children who receive free or reduced price lunches during the school year received free meals during the summer months.

The Summer Food Service Program reimburses local sponsors that serve healthy free meals and snacks to children 18 years and younger in low-income areas. Sponsorship is open to public and private nonprofit groups, including local governments, religious organizations, summer camps, recreation centers, and others.

In addition to providing free meal service, many sponsors offer additional educational or physical activities and may partner with other organizations to do so. For more information on becoming a sponsor or to sign up for the training workshop, visit the Department’s website.

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