Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the YMCA of Dane County recently announced the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable.

Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Persons older than 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

The following locations will be serving the free meals this summer:

• East Summer Day Camp, 711 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison. Breakfast: 8 -8:45 a.m.; Afternoon Snack 3-4 p.m. This is a closed site with enrolled children.

• Rolling Prairie Apartments, 415 S. Bird St., - 11:15-12 p.m.

• The Element on Main, 102 Park Circle, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 – 12:15-1 p.m.

• Vandenburg Heights Park 1020 Vandenburg St., 1:15-2 p.m.

Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

“This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available,” said Joanne Marquez from YMCA of Dane County. “Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.”

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