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April 21, 2015

Please join us for this exciting opportunity, on the afternoon of Thursday, March 19, for library staff in Ohio, Virginia, and California to learn more about the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and ways that libraries can participate to support the well-being of children in their communities and help end child hunger.  This conference call is free and open to all interested library staff, but a limited number of phone lines are available. Please contact Penny Weaver at to register.

Also, the State Library website now offers a basic “how to” guide for libraries to learn more about SFSP and how to become a site or a sponsor, partner with existing sites, promote the program, and/or refer young patrons to available sites: Summer Food Services

Target Audience: : Libraries & State staff in the states of California, Ohio & Virginia

Thursday, March 19
3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

During the school year, more than 21 million children rely on the nutritious, free and reduced priced meals provided by USDA’s National School Lunch Program. USDA’s summer meal programs – which are often linked to summer enrichment programs – ensure that low-income children can receive nutritious food when school is out. This helps children stay healthy and be ready to learn when they return to school in the fall.

Children are particularly vulnerable to hunger and poor nutrition especially when school is out. Through the summer meals program, millions of children and teens get a healthy meal or snack when school meals are not available.

USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option provide libraries and communities with an opportunity to prevent child hunger, while supporting efforts to make libraries centers for communities and to build and deepen relationships with kids.

I’d like to invite you to participate in a conversation about this important program which offers an exciting opportunity for libraries. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, which oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs, including the Summer Food Service Program, is facilitating a conference call on Thursday, March 19 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Eastern Time to discuss the program. Libraries in California, Ohio and Virginia will share information on their successful and growing use of the summer program, and national organizations that support the program’s operation will also participate.

We hope you’re able to join us. As we have a limited number of phone lines available, participants must RSVP. If you’re interested in participating, please send an email to and she will provide you with call-in information.

If you’d like additional information on the program and opportunities, please see this 2014 USDA webinar on the topic.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875