The New Jersey State Department of Agriculture
is seeking organizations interested in providing meals
for needy children under this year's federally funded
Summer Food Service Program.
The program reimburses participating organizations
for meals served to children who live in areas in
which at least 50 percent of the children qualify
for free or reduced-price meals under the National
School Lunch Program.
Applicants may include public or private nonprofit
school food authorities, units of local, municipal,
county or state governments, public or private nonprofit
organizations, residential summer camps or national
youth sports programs.
The Summer Food Service Program began in 1976 as
an outgrowth of the National School Lunch Program,
which provides meals to needy children during school
hours. It is designed to reach those who are age 18
or younger in economically disadvantaged areas.
It is also open to people over 18 who are mentally
or physically handicapped and who participate in public
or nonprofit private programs established for the
Organizations approved to provide service programs
are also responsible for running the feeding sites
that provide the meals to youngsters.
Most participating organizations may be reimbursed
for up to two meals a day - lunch and either breakfast
or a snack. Those serving primarily migrant children
may be reimbursed for up to three meals a day.
Residential camps also may serve up to three meals
a day, but they will be reimbursed only for meals
served to children eligible for free or reduced?price
meals under the National School Lunch Program.
For more information or to obtain an application, call
(609) 292-4498. The deadline for submission of completed
applications is June 15, 2003.