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Kentucky’s Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors to provide meals to children in need

Many Kentucky families depend on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. When school is out for the summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Kentucky Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals to bridge the nutrition gap during these months. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) encourages...

Kentucky Department of Education Summer Food Service Program seeks sponsors statewide

Kentucky Teacher Sponsors are being sought for the 2019 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Children enjoy their lunch during a kickoff event for the Summer Food Service Program at Calvary Elementary School (Marion County). In 2018, 166 sponsors served nearly 3 million meals to children age 18 and younger at 2,600 meal sites in Kentucky. Photo by Mike Marsee While sponsors are being accepted in all...

Kentucky Dairy Partners to gather Feb. 27-28 at Bowling Green’s Sloan Convention Center

The 11th annual Kentucky Dairy Partners meeting is set for Feb. 27-28 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is a sponsor of the event for dairy producers, industry representatives and others interested in the dairy industry. The Kentucky Dairy Development Council Young Dairy Producers Conference will take place prior...

God’s Pantry Food Bank participating in Summer Food Service program throughout the region

God’s Pantry Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals or snacks will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as...

Fayette County Summer Food Service Program kicks off at Village Library event

Fayette County Public Schools and other Lexington-area sponsoring organizations and partners will join on Thursday, June 15 to kick off the Summer Food Service Program in Kentucky. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Village branch of the Lexington Public Library, and the program starts at noon. In case of rain, the event will move indoors. This is one of many events across the state next week to...

Kentucky by Heart: For many kids across the state, Summer Food Service Program is literally a lifesaver

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Valerie Knight is a big supporter of a government program that she believes is well worth the expenditures. At her position as Director of Food Services for Webster County Schools in western Kentucky, she sees poor children receive a dose of love and kindness outside the scope of the regular school year, during the summer, and it starts with nourishing food from...

God’s Pantry Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program

God’s Pantry Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program again this year. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times...

Fayette County Public Schools offers free meals for children through Summer Food Service Program

Fayette County Public Schools participates in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals for all children age 18 and younger. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be offered on a first come, first served basis at designated locations, dates, and times. List of meal sites (subject to updates) The program, which helps fill the nutrition gap when school is out, provides the same service...

Funding boost will enable more Kentucky children to receive free summer meals

  A $40,000 increase in funding will enable the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to increase the number of low-income children receiving summer meals through the Summer Food Service Program, officials announced today.   Gov. Steve Beshear’s office will use $20,000 from the State Planning Fund to match a $20,000 private grant from Share Our Strength, a national organization working...

Summer Food Service Program looks for sponsors; training has been set for sponsors

  Sponsors are being sought and training has been set for the 2015 Summer Food Service Program for school and non-profit organizations. School districts, non-profit organizations – including churches and faith based organizations – and government entities are encouraged to participate as sponsors in the Summer Food Service Program and are invited to attend training.   The SFSP provides...