Ohio Dept. of Education seeking help from local nonprofits to feed kids in need during the summer
TOLEDO, Ohio — To increase participation in summer meal programs, the Ohio Department of Education is seeking local nonprofit agencies to participate as sponsors or sites for this year’s Summer Food Service Program. The program ensures that children ages 1–18 continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer break from school, when they do not have access to school breakfast or lunch. In 2020, Ohio served more than 53 million such meals through U.S. Department of Agriculture nationwide waivers for the 2020 Summer Nutrition Programs.
Through the program, free meals are provided at schools, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, parks, camps, community centers, swimming pools, libraries, low-income housing complexes and more. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursement to cover the costs of providing nutritious meals and snacks to children in eligible areas. Nonprofit organizations offering summer activities for children living in low-income areas also are encouraged to apply.
If you’d like for your organization to become a sponsor of this program, or if you’d like to volunteer your time, click here.