State officials looking for summer food service program hosts

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Board of Education officials say they're looking for nonprofit organizations, school districts, and local government entities to host a federally-funded program that helps feed children when schools are on break.

The program, titled the Summer Food Service Program, helps feed low-income children through age 18 during the summer months, when schools aren't in session.  ISBE officials say site that wish to host this program must be in areas where a majority of children qualify for free and reduced-price meals from the National School Lunch Program.  Families whose income falls within federal poverty guidelines are also encouraged to participate.

The free meals and snacks in this program are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Last year, approximately 1,700 summer food service program sites helped feed children throughout Illinois.
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