KDE’s 2023 Summer Food Service Program Offers Training to Potential Sponsors, Other Interested Organizations – Kentucky Teachers


A picture of children eating around the lunch table in the school cafeteria.

Many Kentucky families rely on free or discounted meals during the school year. When school is out for the summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Kentucky Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) work to ensure that children receive nutritious meals to compensate for nutritional deficiencies during these months. I will support you.

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) encourages schools and nonprofits to sponsor SFSP and provide free meals to children and teens in low-income areas of Kentucky. Eating places are often located in public places, such as schools, community centers, parks, family estates, and places operated by faith-based organizations.

Historically, free or discounted lunches offered during the academic year are offered every seven times, but only once during the summer months. Statewide, we need more summer meals for children and more sponsors to provide them.

A sponsoring organization must be one of the following:

  • Public or non-profit private school lunch authorities (including school districts);
  • Public or non-profit private residential summer camps.
  • A unit of local, municipal, county or state government.
  • Public or non-profit private universities.Also
  • Other Private Non-Profit Organizations.

Potential sponsoring organizations, health inspectors, company representatives, auditors, and potential community partners are invited to participate in one of the free trainings offered statewide. Potential sponsors and other interested parties interested in learning more about the SFSP should: Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Candidates: 2023 Registration Form

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