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June 13, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Charlotte Burke, City-County Health Dept., 441-8011

“Food that’s in when school is out!” is slogan for Summer Food Service Program

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today visited the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site at the Salvation Army to thank those who make the meal program available to children in low-income areas. Free meals and health education will be provided for ten weeks to more than 1,000 children at up to 30 different sites in Lincoln this summer.

“Good nutrition helps children learn, play and grow throughout the summer months,” said Mayor Seng. “The program was established in 1968 by the United States Department of Agriculture to make sure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This is an important way that we can help children return to school next fall ready to learn.”

The USDA funds the program through the Nebraska Department of Education. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) coordinates the program in Lincoln and is sponsoring the largest number of sites of any Nebraska sponsor this summer. The Nutrition Services Department at the Lincoln Public Schools prepares the breakfast and lunch meals for delivery to the sites by Health Department staff. The LLCHD also provides training to agencies for the food distribution. SFSP community partners include Russwood Chrysler and the United Way.

“In Lincoln, we are fortunate to have many agencies partner with the Health Department to provide meals for the children,” said Mayor Seng. “A United Way contribution, for example, is making it possible to expand the program to three new sites this summer. The program also provides more than food. By welcoming all children through age 18, there is an increased sense of community, and the supervised activities provide safe and fun learning opportunities.”

This summer, 39 sponsors in Nebraska are offering meals in more than 90 sites. During summer 2005, more than two million children participated in the SFSP nationwide.

For more information on the SFSP, contact Shelli Buhr at LLCHD at 441-6726.

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