Summer Food Service Program Analysis

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The Summer Food Service Program was developed in the United States in to create healthy nutritionally balanced meals mainly for students 18 years old and younger coming from low-income households during the summer months when the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program are not in session. If a student is over the age of 18, they can only participate if they have some sort of physical and/or mental disability that is keeping them within the school district. The Summer Food Service Program started forty-seven years ago in 1968 just as a small pilot program but became permanent in 1975. Meals as well as recreational and educational activities are designed for the student’s enjoyment from all fifty states. Sponsors of the Summer …show more content…
Many have written reviews and documents about the Summer Food Service Program and what it is all about and how it is absolutely free for low income students to eat during the summer and staying active. Florida, is a state that has received much media attention when it comes to getting the word out on the Summer Food Service Program and helping to expand on participants. The Florida Initiative, built of child-nutrition activists, sought to build public and private partnerships to sponsor more sites where children can receive free meals (Sandham, 1997 p. 1). Florida’s education commissioner, Frank T. Brogan also stated, “We don’t want any eligible child in Florida to go hungry” Sandham (2006), and that is the attitude that all fifty states thriving to acheive. Never leave a child behind to starve for three months. A program that is providing free food and physical and educational development should have the participation of every low-income student in the state, no exceptions. This program was established almost five decades ago and they are still trying to get the word out and get full participation. A news release was announced in 2010 getting the word out to organizations that funds were now available for their use to be a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program. This new release …show more content…
Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service are notifying states that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can be used to assist families through he Summer Food Service Program”. (USDA 2010 p. 1).
These bigger organizations and departments are giving away free money for smaller non-profit organizations just to help low-income students in their surroundings because sometimes it takes a village to raise a child. The United State Department of Agriculture is getting involved in expanding the participation and getting the word out on Summer Food Service Programs. The USDA is in the works to create a Web-based geographical information systems tool that is to help State agencies and other local groups identify underserved areas so no one is left unnoticed. (Briefel 2003, p.

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