Your Library May Be Eligible for Summer Food Program

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Did you know? Currently over 50% of Idaho's children are eligible for federally-funded food programs!

During the school year nutritious meals are available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. But those programs end when school ends for the summer. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program helps fill the hunger gap.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded reimbursement program for private non-profit companies, organizations, and schools who provide year round enrichment for children. During the summer months when school lunch is not available, these groups may be eligible for reimbursement by serving nutritious snacks or meals to children (ages 1-18) in areas of economic need. Libraries may be eligible to participate.

Jerome Public Library has participated in the program for three years. The library provides milk and a simple healthy snack such as string cheese or whole wheat crackers at summer reading programs each week. “It has been a fun and rewarding experience for me to be involved in,” says Jerome Librarian Edie Waite. “One of the best parts of the program is the reimbursement. We are able to provide this snack for no charge and it works great with our library budget.”

Summary of program requirements:

  • Attend a training session in March or April
  • Complete and submit an application and documentation by the first Friday in May
  • Schedule a pre-approval site visit from a SFSP staff member
  • Submit a data form each week you participate

For more information:

SFSP has scheduled information webinars throughout December, January, and February. Registration is free. See flyer with dates and links.

Additional information can also be found on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Website: www.summerfood.usda.gov

To find out more about how the SFSP is implemented at the Jerome Public Library, contact Edie Waite: ewaite@ci.jerome.id.us.