The winds of winter may still be blowing where you live, but it is already time to start thinking about the summer. When school is finished, the 20 million children who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year through USDA’s National School Lunch Program will be in trouble. Only 3 million kids participate in our Summer Food Service Program. We want to make sure that no child in the U.S. goes to bed hungry, whether school is in session or out. We can only do that with your help. Your organization can get free meals for kids this summer by being a site or sponsor in the Summer Food Service Program. SFSP is a federally funded program administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer.
Feeding hungry people and extending hospitality around food are tenets of every faith. Feeding hungry kids is truly a universal calling and one you are probably already doing.
Our Center will be hosting a one-hour webinar targeted towards faith-based organizations and hope that you can join this. Learn how your congregation or organization can get free food to feed kids in your community. Please share this invitation far and wide!
What: USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Webinar
for Faith-Based Organizations
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Registration Link: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g48fe7
Description: Each summer, 22.3 million students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available. For many children, school meals are the only complete and nutritious meals they eat, and in the summer they go without. This summer, the need will likely increase. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can help to fill the summer meal gap for low-income children. Faith-based, community and private non-profit organizations can make a difference in the lives of hungry children by serving meals with SFSP, a federally funded program administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer.
Join us to learn more about how you can help and hear the benefits to being a part of the Summer Food Service Program!
Participation: This session will be available via Microsoft Office LiveMeeting (Webinar) and is free for all participants. You will need access to a phone line and a computer with internet access for this webinar. To participate, please complete the online registration. Further information will be forthcoming to registered participants. You must register to receive additional information.
If you are interested but unable to attend this session, please register to participate in our General Public Session.
Tuesday, 3/8/11, 6:00pm – 7:00pm EST: General Public Session: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g48fe7
Additional SFSP Information: Additional information on the Summer Food Service Program can be found on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Website, and more on the webinars under the link for “free webinars”: www.summerfood.usda.gov
If you have any questions, please contact:
Emily Buckham Buday
Max Finberg serves as Director for the USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.