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Help Feed Van Buren County Children This Summer

In the summer of 2013 (when schools is out), there was only one summer meals site in Van Buren County where children from low-income families could get a nutritious meal. For those children who rely on school lunch, summer can be an especially stressful time. The Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign is currently recruiting sponsors and sites to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program helps ensure that children from low-income families continue receiving nutritious meals when school is not in session. Meals that meet federal nutrition guidelines are provided free to all children 18 years of age and younger at approved SFSP sites.
Organizations that participate in SFSP as a sponsor will receive weekly reimbursements for the dollars they spend on food to feed children during the summer. Organizations that would like to offer their facilities to sponsors to feed children are also encouraged to participate as “sites,” though they will not be eligible for meal reimbursements.
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance works with the Arkansas Department of Human Services Child Care and Early Childhood Education, Health and Nutrition division to increase participation in SFSP in Arkansas through the No Kid Hungry Campaign. The campaign is designed to connect local churches, nonprofits, civic groups and others who are interested in feeding children during the summer with resources to assist them in this mission. Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign staff assists new sponsors and sites in navigating through the DHS application process as well as with grant money, outreach efforts and volunteer recruitment. As an added incentive, Share Our Strength, a national organization dedicated to ending child hunger, offers additional monies in the form of grants to authorized sponsors to help build the capacity of their programs. To learn more about participating in the Summer Food Service Program email [email protected] and visit http://www.arhungeralliance.org/programs/no-kid-hungry/summer-meals/

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