Wolf Administration, USDA Announce
Sites for Children Summer Food Programs
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of
Education (PDE) today announced the sites where children can get free
nutritious meals through the 2020 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the program, which PDE
administers. Last year, Pennsylvania children received more than 4.5
million meals from approximately 2,400 food program sites, with $13.5
million in USDA support.
“Food insecurity impacts
students year-round, not just when they are in school,” said Education
Secretary Pedro A. Rivera. “This year the COVID-19 pandemic has created
additional pressures for students and caregivers. The Summer Food Service
Program helps communities bridge the gap between school years to ensure
students have continued access to nutritious meals over the summer and are
prepared to return to school healthy.”
Many students who receive
free or reduced cost meals during the school year through the School Breakfast
and National School Lunch programs lack access to healthy and nutritious
food during the summer months and are at risk of hunger. Limited access to
nutritious food during the summer can have an impact on learning all year
long and can make students more susceptible to illness and other health
There are several ways to
locate a participating summer meal site:
Call the "211"
phone number for the National call center.
"1.866.3Hungry" or "1.877.8Hambre" to find the place
and time of free meals.
Log onto https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks for locations and times
where free meals are to be served.
Text "FOOD" to
“877877” to find out the nearest SFSP site near your location.
Log onto http://www.rangeapp.org/ that is an app used to
locate places and times where free meals are served.
The Summer Food Service
Program, which began in 1976, is a federally funded child nutrition program
designed to reach those who are age 18 or younger in economically
disadvantaged areas. People over 18 who are mentally or physically
handicapped and participate in public or nonprofit private programs
established for the disabled are also able to receive free meals at the
Summer Food Service Program sites.
During his tenure,
Governor Wolf has made combating hunger a priority. In 2015 he established
the Food Security Partnership, a group comprised of the secretaries of the
departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development,
Education, Health, and Human Services; unveiled the commonwealth’s food
security plan – Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-free PA 2016;
and introduced the Governor’s School Breakfast Initiative 2017.
In accordance with
Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil
rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and
employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs
are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin,
sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights
activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program
information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language,
etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for
benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech
disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)
877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in
languages other than English.
To file a
program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA
Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html.
A complaint may
also be filed at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and
provide in the letter of the information requested in the form. To request
a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed
form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S.
Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil
Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442;
(3) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an
equal opportunity provider.
information on the Summer Food Service Program, visit PDE's website at www.education.pa.gov/sfsp or call 800-331-0129.
MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Levis, 717-783-9802 or email@example.com
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