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SPONSORS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE IN PENNSYLVANIA SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

 SPONSORS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE IN PENNSYLVANIA
 SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Education is seeking nonprofit sponsors and food service management companies to participate in the 1992 Summer Food Service Program.
 The federally funded program provides free or reduced-cost meals to children who take part in the National School Lunch Program during the school year, and who might not otherwise eat properly during the summer.
 Approximately 86,000 meals were served daily last summer to needy children.
 "We need sponsors this year to ensure that the 400,000 children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year also have an opportunity to receive those services during the summer," Education Secretary Donald M. Carroll said. "In particular we're seeking sponsors in the southwestern and northeastern regions of the state that have been hard hit by the recession."
 Public or private nonprofit school food authorities, residential summer camps, organizations or colleges and universities, and units of local, municipal, county or state government are encouraged to participate.
 "The Summer Food Service Program works well when operated as a joint effort between local governments and school districts," Carroll said.
 Sponsors can administer the programs and prepare the meals, or they can contract with food service management companies to provide the meals.
 To make sure the program is easily accessible to eligible children, sponsors can set up food service sites in places such as public buildings, schools, parks, recreation and community centers and churches.
 April 30 is the deadline for nonprofit sponsors to submit applications to the department. Food service management interested in providing meals for the sponsors must register with the department by March 13.
 Organizations interested in sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program should contact: James Massey, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Basic Fiscal Administration, Division of Food and Nutrition, 333 Market St., Harrisburg Pa., 17126-0333. Information also is available by calling, toll-free, 800-331-0129.
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