Arkansas Department of Education Outreach to Households on the Availability of Summer Meals

Memo Information

Memo Number
FIN-14-064
Memo Date
4/1/2014
Memo Type
Regulatory
Section
Fiscal & Administrative Services
Regulatory Authority
§Section 13(a) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1761(a)); Section 112 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296
Response Required
NO
Attention
Co-op Directors; Elementary Principals; Middle School Principals; High School Principals; Superintendents; Child Nutrition Directors

Contact Information

Memo Text

The purpose of this memo is to provide guidance on the provision required in Section 112 of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 effective October 1, 2010.  Section 112 establishes requirements for conducting outreach to households on the availability of Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals BEFORE the end of the school year. • School Food Authorities (SFAs) must 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 and; • SFAs must ensure outreach activities are in place for the upcoming 2014 summer. Acceptable activities may include developing or disseminating printed or electronic materials to families of school children prior to the end of the school year, with approved information on the availability, location, times of service and institution contact information of SFSP meals.  Examples of outreach information, websites and materials can be accessed at the following: 1. Summer Meals 2014 Commissioner’s Memo FIN-14-049http://www.arkansased.org/   2. United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service – How to do Outreach.  Provides outreach information and materials. http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp   3. Summer Food Service Program Outreach Toolkit is available to Sponsors and Feeding sites. It includes fliers, letters to parents, and other materials that help schools raise awareness of the summer feeding programs among students and families. The toolkit is available athttp://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-meals-toolkit   4. Share Our Strength and the Arkansas No Kid Hungry Kid Campaign have developed strategies to improve access and increase awareness of the availability of summer meals to children. Outreach materials are available by request athttp://arhungeralliance.org/no_kid_hungry_campaign.htm.  After May 1st parents may call 1-888-4KI-D4AR ext. 4AR (1-888-454-3427 ext. 427) for summer meals locations. 5. Google Map indicating approved Department of Human Services (DHS) and Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) sites, locations, times of service and contact informationhttps://dhs.arkansas.gov/DCCECE/SNP/WelcomeSNPM.aspx For questions, please contact your area specialist, Patricia Winders or Stephanie Starks at (501) 324-9502.  

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