Apply For Summer Food Service Program Grant By April 1

LINCOLN – Even when children are not in school, they still need good food all year long and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will be providing healthy meals to children.

According to a release form the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), children ages one to 18 will be able to receive food free of charge.

The Nebraska Department of Education – Nutrition Services (NDE) is seeking potential sponsors to operate the SFSP in Nebraska this summer.

Eligible sponsors include public or private non-profit schools, residential camps and local, municipal, county, or state government as well as private, nonprofit organizations.

The Summer Food Service Program was created to ensure that children in low-income areas can continue to receive meals during long school vacations when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. Meals and snacks are usually served to children in places such as schools, churches, playgrounds or parks.

NDE has grant funds available to assist new and existing SFSP sponsors with expenses for expanding and/or initiating SFSP services. Each applicant may apply for a maximum of $15,000 per year. The deadline to apply for a grant is April 1, 2022.

To verify your eligibility, contact the NDE at 402-471-2488 (Lincoln) or 1-800-731-2233 (outside of Lincoln).

Access the online grant application here: