THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
Section 112 of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), Public Law 111-296, amends section 13(a) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1761(a)) to require that each State agency that administers the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), to the maximum extent practicable, ensures that school food authorities (SFAs) cooperate with SFSP service institutions to inform eligible families of the availability and location of free meals for students when the regular school year ends.
Acceptable activities may include developing or disseminating printed or electronic materials to families of school children prior to the end of the school year, which provide information on the availability and location of SFSP meals. Other activities to promote the availability and location of SFSP meals may be approved by the State agency.
We encourage schools to help promote the availability of meals for children in their area/community during the summer months. An SFA can distribute information to households such as the location of nearby SFSP meal sites, times of service, and SFSP service institution contact information. The SFAs may distribute the information through means normally used to communicate with the households of enrolled children.
The SFSP Outreach Toolkit for Sponsors and Feeding Sites includes fliers, letters to parents, and other materials that may help schools raise program awareness among students and their families. The SFSP Toolkit is available at www.summerfood.usda.gov/library/toolkit.pdf.
This provision of the Act is effective as of October 1, 2010. Ensure that your SFA is prepared to share SFSP outreach activities for the coming summer.