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Mobile Feeding Sites in Rural Areas

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: Summer Food Service Program Sponsors

Number: 99-712

From: Summer Food Service Program Unit

Date: April 1999

Attention: Authorized Representatives

Subject: Mobile Feeding Sites in Rural Areas

Reference: USDA Summer Food Service Program Policy Memorandum #17-99

This Management Bulletin disseminates guidance received from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the use of mobile sites in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Traditionally, urban SFSP sites are located in parks, community centers, schools, churches, or similar locations. However, rural populations are dispersed throughout a large geographic area, making it difficult for rural SFSP sponsors to reach the needy areas of their community. Although transportation is an allowable cost, it is not always cost effective to transport children from outlying areas into rural towns to designated SFSP sites.

The USDA encourages the development of mobile SFSP sites as a creative solution to the problem of providing nutritious meals to children in outlying rural areas. Mobile SFSP sites such as a bus or another vehicle may transport meals to children. The cost of transporting meals to children in rural areas is an allowable operating cost. Designated stops may be made along established routes. All SFSP guidelines shall apply:

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