Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Food & Nutrition Services Department announced recently it will again sponsor the Summer Food Service Program.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when they are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to all children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.
The following location will be serving the free meals this summer: Kromrey Middle School and Sauk Trail Elementary School will offer breakfast and lunch beginning July 1 and going until Aug. 14. Meals will be served weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. except for July 3. Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.
The District is working with the Education Foundation to provide meals at other sites around the District.
“This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available,” MCPASD nutrition services coordinator Amy Jungbluth said. “Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.”
The District served 179 breakfasts and 1,947 lunches in summer 2019 and 862 breakfasts and 2,955 lunches in summer 2018. Jungbluth said the numbers were down in 2019 partly because summer school wasn't held at Sauk Trail due to a kitchen remodel.
MCPASD has served nearly 40,000 meals since schools were closed in mid-March due to the pandemic.
The District offered the program for the first time in the summer of 2017.
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