Summer Food service program kicks off for 2013

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Office of Child Nutrition (OCN) announces the beginning of the 2013 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This summer, OCN will help support free, nutritious meals to school-age children up to age 18 through over 150 feeding sites throughout the state.

The Louisville Municipal School District is participating in the Summer Food Program. The Summer Food Program will distribute free meals for all children. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows; Breakfast 7:30am-8:30am, Lunch 10:30am-12:30pm, at Louisville High School June 3, 2013-July 21, 2013. Eiland Middle School June 3, 2013-July 31, 2013, closed on July 4th and 5th. Nanih Waiya June 3, 2013-June 28, 2013.

“The Office of Child Nutrition helps to provide breakfast, lunch and snacks for students during the school year,” said Scott Clements, Director of MDE’s Office of Healthy Schools and Child Nutrition. “However, during the summer, many of those students do not have access to healthy meals and snacks. The Summer Food Service Program fills this gap.”

Mississippi has a high food insecurity rate. The Office of Child Nutrition supports school districts, Child and Adult Care Food Program providers and other community programs through a variety of feeding programs throughout the state.

“Good nutrition through the summer is essential for a growing child,” continued Clements. “The Office of Child Nutrition is focused on curbing food insecurities by helping to decrease hunger throughout the state of Mississippi. The Summer Food Service Program is just one of many ways OCN is working to ensure that children are fit, healthy and ready to succeed.”

Contact the Child Nutrition office to get more information about Summer Food Service Program sites near you, 601-576-5954.

To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program, click here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp.

The Mississippi Department of Education Office of Healthy Schools (OHS) offers a system of coordinated school health services to Mississippi’s 151 school districts to assist them in developing organizations that make the connection between good student health and high academic achievement.