Hunger hits especially hard when kids are out of school for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. With the help of numerous sponsoring agencies and stakeholders, the Summer Food Service Program works to feed thousands of children in Ohio. Since 2014, Ohio has increased participation in the program by 10 percent.
Despite these numbers, many Ohio parents and caregivers are forced to make difficult decisions daily to provide for their families. In many cases, this leaves Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, our children and youth, struggling with hunger daily.
“The need for healthy meals doesn’t stop when school breaks for the summer,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “The Summer Food Service Program helps provide children with nourishment to make sure summer can be a time for continued learning and fun. Instead of worrying about where their next meals will come from, our students can enjoy activities like reading, sports, playing outdoors and the growing that happens during the summer months.”
The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children ages 1-18 continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer break from school, when they do not have access to school breakfast or lunch. Children with disabilities and approved individualized education programs may participate through age 21.
Some of the SFSP sites selected by the state in our area include: Three Lorain City School sites, Family Fellowship Church on Cooper Foster Park Rd. in Amherst, South Elyria Horizon on Louden Court in Elyria, Avon Lake Parks and Rec, Elyria City Parks and Rec, Oberlin Community Services, East Park, South Park, Heise Park, Galion Public Library and the Galion Church of the Nazarene, all in Galion, Ohio, Nehemiah Partners in Sandusky and Salvation Army in Huron. There is a list of the sites named in our region so far, on our website. Click here to view the current list. The Ohio Department of Education will continue to add sites as they are assigned.
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