Briefs for Jan. 25

Program seeks sponsors

The Colorado Department of Education is seeking sponsors to operate the Summer Food Service Program. The program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is designed to ensure that low-income children have nutritious meals during the summer months when school lunch and breakfast programs are not operating.

Children eat free and sponsors are reimbursed for meals served at approved feeding sites to children 18 years old or under. Organizations receive funds to provide meals to compliment already scheduled summer activity programs.

Sponsors eligible to operate the Summer Food Service Program include public or nonprofit private schools, residential summer camps, private nonprofit organizations and local, municipal, county, tribal, or state government units. For a site to be eligible, at least 50 percent of the children served meals or residing in the area must be eligible for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program guidelines.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, call Kim Butler, Colorado Department of Education, Nutrition and Transportation Unit, 201 E. Colfax in Denver, at 303-866-6650.

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