The Summer Food Service Program continues again this summer at local schools. The USDA developed the program to provide healthy lunches to children during the summer months. Teaming up with state agencies across the nation, their goal is to assist communities that demonstrate the need have a lunch program during the off-school season. At least 50 percent of the children living in these communities are eligible for the free or reduced price lunches during the school year, and the worry is that these children are missing meals when they aren’t at school.
Designated sites such as local schools, campsites, colleges or other organizations become sponsors. These sponsors then provide the free lunches themselves or contract vendors to come to their site. Each sponsor is reimbursed by the government for the lunches provided. The community benefits from the free lunches for families and the jobs that are created for workers that would ordinarily be off work during the summer.