IPHA members: I wanted to share with you news I received about an important summer program. Please contact Bob and consider helping in your area. Tom
The Illinois Commission to End Hunger has been working to increase participation in the USDA’s Summer Foodservice Program (SFSP), which provides free meals to children 18 and under. Unfortunately, just 15 percent of eligible children in Illinois utilize the program and many are at risk of hunger throughout summer.
The Commission and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti are teaming up with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for a series of stakeholder meetings later this week in counties that are currently without any SFSP sites—there are 37 counties in the state without SFSP. We’re seeking partners in the counties who could potentially serve as SFSP sponsors as soon as Summer 2016. SFSP sponsors serve meals to children throughout the summer and receive reimbursements from ISBE. We thought IPHA might be a good group to reach out to, in case local public health agencies are interested in attending one of the Lt. Governor’s stakeholder meetings or referring us to potential participants.
The meetings are planned for the following days/times—we will have the exact addresses to share as soon as locations are final. Please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime. I believe a few county public health agencies have attended some of our SFSP workshops in the past.
Friday, April 15
Livingston County (Pontiac), 9:45 a.m.
Saturday, April 16
Union County (Cobden), Noon
Monroe County (Waterloo or Columbia), 3:30 p.m.