Schools, churches, and community centers are being urged to help feed needy children over the summer. State Board of Education spokesperson Mary Fergus says more kids qualify for free and reduced meals through the year and they still need help when the school doors close.
Host organizations must meet several USDA guidelines and serve a population where there are students in need. The sites will be reimbursed for providing nutritional meals and snacks on summer days. More than 105-thousand students participated in the program last year. Organizations interested in becoming a host site can get more information at ISBE.net/news.