State School Chief Tom Torlakson Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meal Programs
In a recent CDE press release, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson urged agencies to become summer food sponsors. The Summer Meal Programs are federally-funded programs that reimburse sponsors administrative and operational costs for providing meals to children 18 years of age and younger when they are out of school for fifteen (15) or more consecutive school days. The program is designed to fill the gap for low-income children who might otherwise go hungry during the summer months. Once approved by the state agency, sponsors will select program eligible locations where children are fed and kept safe for the duration of the meal service time. This program is administered by the Nutrition Services Division of the California Department of Education. Learn more about the Summer Meal Program.