The District of Columbia’s Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP) administered by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Nutrition Services Department is currently recruiting organizations that would like to become sponsors and sites for Summer 2008. The deadline for submitting sponsor applications for this program is Friday, May 16, 2008 and sites can enroll through July.
The FSMP reimburses organizations that provide meals during the summer to District children from low-income areas or to people with disabilities. Eligible organizations include public or private nonprofit school food authorities, faith and community based organizations, housing authorities and other units of local or municipal governments, and public or private nonprofit day or overnight summer camps. In accordance with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, organizations may be reimbursed for serving up to two meals per day to eligible children 18-years-old or younger.
While learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. The DC Free Summer Meals Program will provide good, nutritious food that’s "in" when school is "out." It was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.
All children participating in the program are served meals free of charge, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, family responsibilities, political affiliation, disability, source of income or place of residence or business.
Those interested in receiving additional information or applications for the DC Free Summer Meals Program are encouraged to write or call:
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
DC Free Summer Meals Program
441 4th Street, NW Suite 350N
Washington, DC 20001
Attn: George Ferguson
For more information, call (202) 724-7864 or email email@example.com.