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PRESS RELEASE

May 29, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Department Of Education Reminds Parents of the Summer Food Service Program

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education (DOE) is reminding parents that children who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year can also receive meals during the summer. Through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Florida by the DOE, qualified students can continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when most schools are closed.

“Proper nourishment supplies children with the fuel they need to learn,” said Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg. “Programs such as the Summer Food Service Program help to continue the learning process year round by providing quality, wholesome meals when children are out of school.”

The SFSP was established to ensure that children in needy areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during school vacations that are comparable to those served throughout the school year. Established in 1968, the program is operated locally by approved public or private nonprofit sponsoring organizations under annual program agreements with the DOE. Sponsors receive federal reimbursement from the DOE to cover the administrative and operating costs of preparing and serving free meals to children that meet the eligibility requirements of the SFSP.

For more information on the program, or to find out if your child qualifies, contact the Florida Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Management at 1-800-622-5985, or visit them online at www.fldoe.org/fnm/summerfood.