The Nevada Department of Agriculture announced last week that they are seeking sponsors to provide free meals to children during the summer through the federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
“Nevada’s youth need nutritious meals year-round, and this program provides food for children outside of the normal school year,” said Donnell Barton, an administrator of the Food & Nutrition division at the department. “We are urging schools, non-profits, government agencies, Native American tribes and eligible partners to be host sites for serving meals.”
Sponsors may prepare meals or obtain meals from another SFSP sponsor, public or commercial food vendor, a local government agency or a school food service department. Meals must meet USDA’s minimum meal pattern requirements. Past year’s sponsors have included Food Bank or Northern Nevada, churches, city parks, schools and Boys & Girls Clubs.
Any child under age 18 may eat as the program has no income requirements or registration.
“All families have to do is show up at an open meal site, and their child will be fed, no questions asked,” Barton said.
Agencies interested in being sponsors should contact Karen Vogel at 702-668-4581.