Kid’s Summer Feeding Program

From the Partners in Action newsletter here’s info on summer feeding programs.

Donna Parsons works year round to ensure that over 40,000 children in Washington have access to healthy food during their summer vacations. Parsons is the Supervisor of School & Summer Nutrition Programs for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Of the children who qualify for free or reduced cost lunch and breakfast during the school year, an estimated 82% go without this service during the summer break.

“Summer feeding is always a struggle,” according to Parsons. “We have plenty of sponsors and sites, except for some of our remote areas, but our total meals served each summer continues to go down.” Sponsors for the Summer Feeding Program can include school districts, public agencies, churches or non-profits. Sponsors provide the meal and OSPI reimburses them with dedicated USDA funds. Parsons says, “The number of sponsors and sites holds fairly constant, but with high gas prices the last two summers, the number of children served went down. We are trying to offset this decrease in service with more promotion.”  More…