Delaware has won a USDA grant to help feed low-income children during the summer months! The grant will be used to test innovative alternatives to enable children from low-income households to access healthy food during the summer and will boost participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides meals to children from low-income households during summer months.
The state of Delaware won the largest grant in the amount of $404,216! New York and Massachusetts were the other recipients of funds to implement the Home Delivery demonstration project. Also, 16 sponsors in Arizona, Ohio and Kansas were selected to implement the Food Backpacks demonstration project.
“The awarding of this proposal enables the Food Bank of Delaware in partnership with the Department of Education to feed more children during the summer months,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “It is important to remember that a child’s academic functions and personal behavior are inextricably linked to proper nutrition. Furthermore, this grant represents the power of successful collaborations and partnerships, commitment and innovations all necessary for feeding our future.”
“Our students’ needs are year-round, and many of them rely on school meals to ease their hunger during the academic year,” Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery said. “With this grant, those children also will have better access to healthy meals during their summer breaks.”
Under the plan we will deliver meals to the main office of low-income housing units in southern New Castle County and all of Kent and Sussex Counties. Under current SFSP guidelines, children are required to stay on site to eat their meal. The pilot program will allow a child or their parent to pick the meal up from the housing office and return home to eat. With more Delawareans struggling to make ends meet, the pilot will provide much-needed food to children in need.
To learn more about SFSP or to serve meals to children this summer, please contact Stacy Stevens, Children’s Nutrition Program Coordinator, at (302) 444-8128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.