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Information Alert: Summer Meal Outreach


Nutrition Services Division Information Alert

To: Summer Food Service Program Sponsors, National School Lunch Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SNP-07-2011

Attention: Food Service Directors

Date: May 2011
Subject: Outreach to Households on the Availability of Summer Food Service Program Meals
Reference: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memos SFSP 04-2011; SP 15-2011

This Information Alert (IA) notifies Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) sponsors that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established requirements regarding outreach to households on the availability of the SFSP meals.

BACKGROUND

On December 13, 2010, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Act), reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Programs. The Act requires that School Food Authorities (SFAs) inform eligible families of the availability and location of free meals for students during the summer months.

PURPOSE

Many children depend on meals served through schools for proper nutrition. However, when school is not in session, some children may not get a well-balanced meal. The SFSP sites provide nutritious meals during summer months when children do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.

The new USDA requirements encourage SFAs and SFSP sponsors to cooperate and provide outreach materials to eligible families. These materials should include the following:

IMPLEMENTATION

This provision of the Act is effective as of October 1, 2010. Therefore, SFAs must implement outreach activities prior to the end of the current school year.  The USDA provides the SFSP Outreach Toolkit for Sponsors and feeding sites to help schools raise program awareness among students and their families. The Outreach Toolkit is available at the USDA Web page http://www.summerfood.usda.gov/library/toolkit.pdf.

Please note that the Nutrition Service Division is working with the USDA to obtain more detailed guidance and will issue a more comprehensive Management Bulletin (MB) on this issue. Both the MB and this IA will also be posted to the California Department of Education’s Web site.

The USDA policy memo regarding this issue is available at the USDA Web page http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2011/SP15-2011_os.pdf.

Please submit any questions regarding this new USDA policy to ReauthorizationSNP@cde.ca.gov with “Outreach on SFSP Meals” in the subject line.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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