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MDE Seeks Sponsors for Summer Food Program

by Patrice Guilfoyle, APR, Director of Communications | Jan 04, 2013


For Immediate Release: January 2, 2013

Contact: Patrice Guilfoyle, Director of Communications 601.359.3706

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education is seeking sponsors to operate the 2013 Summer Food Service Program in counties across the state.  This program is administered by the Office of Child Nutrition.

The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals to children without regard to race, color, national origin, age (within statutory limits), sex, or disability during summer school vacation periods.  In most areas, the program operates from June through August.  Meals and snacks are served to children in such places as schools, playgrounds, and parks.

Public or private nonprofit schools, units of local, municipal, county or state government, and public or private nonprofit organizations may qualify as sponsors of the program.  Residential summer camps whose enrollment includes needy children may also act as program sponsors.  Qualified sponsors will receive the maximum “meals time rates” for operating and administrative reimbursements. 

To be eligible, sponsors must: (1) show they are financially and administratively capable of operating the program; (2) provide continuing service to the community; and (3) serve meals on a regular schedule to children or provide meals as part of an organized program for enrolled children at camps.

Training for new sponsors will take place in Jackson on March 5-6, 2013.  Potential sponsors should immediately contact Mary Clayborne or Tina Thomas, Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition, P.O. Box 771, Jackson, MS  39205; phone (601) 576-4954 or 576-4955; e-mail or

In accordance with Federal law and U. S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992(voice) Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).   Person with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600(voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.


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