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Iowa Department of Education seeks local sponsors for summer food program


The Iowa Department of Education announced today it is looking for local sponsors to serve as sites where low-income children can receive nutritious meals or snacks during the summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department of Education, aims to remedy childhood food insecurity for more than 200,000 Iowa children who face hunger during the summer. To qualify as a site, the meal service either must be located in a low-income neighborhood where at least 50% of the children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals or must serve primarily low-income children and not duplicate services already being provided by another organization. Once a site location is established, all children 18 and under are welcome to participate. Organizations can also get involved by partnering with existing sponsors to promote site locations, provide activities for children, volunteers, transportation assistance and more. Organizations interested can register for an informational webinar on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. or learn more on the department’s website.

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