This USDA, federally-funded program partners with local groups - including schools, civic and religious organizations - to host sites within low-income areas. The cost of the program is covered by the USDA's reimbursement provided to our district for each meal served. In addition to feeding children, the community benefits by providing additional hiring opportunities for food service employment, volunteer opportunities for students and additional revenue for local businesses from which our district purchases goods and services.
How can USD 232 offer this to families? During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price meals through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. The USD 232 buildings that are hosting these sites primarily serve populations with the highest concentration of "food insecurity" or lack access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times. In addition, if households are traveling for the summer, the can text “Summer Meals” to 97779 to find Summer meal sites all throughout the country!
What happens when school is out? Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger may also make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure all children can get the nutritious meals they need.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.