Summer Food Service Program begins

The City of Rockford Human Services Department is working to make sure no children in the Rockford School District area go hungry when school is closed this summer.

More than 60 percent of children in the Rockford School District receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but many of these children do not get enough to eat when school is out. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures children continue to grow and learn during the summer.

The Summer Food Service Program for Children is a federally-funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. Eligible sponsors, such as non-profit organizations, schools and local governments, serve nutritious meals and snacks free to low-income children ages 3-18 during the summer.

Summer programs are at approved sites that are either in low-income areas or serve a group of children, most of whom are low income.

For more about the Summer Food Service Program, contact the City of Rockford Human Services Department at 987-5685.

From the June 7-13, 2006, issue

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