When local schools take a break for the summer, sadly, hunger does not take a break. Those children who have relied on school feeding programs during the school year are the most at risk. To address this issue, Second Harvest, along with several of our charity partners, coordinates the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This program helps to alleviate this troubling reality by serving healthy meals and snacks to children age 18 and younger, free of charge over summer break. Many schools, public agencies and nonprofit organizations sponsor sites in all communities we serve.
The SFSP was created to ensure that children in low-income areas can continue to receive nutritious meals in the summer. Sources of food include dairy, meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. In addition to meals, SFSP sites provide educational, enrichment, and recreational activities for children to lead healthy and productive lifestyles.
Second Harvest supports local SFSP sponsors in Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties in securing nutritionally adequate food for their program. When schools get out for the summer, go to the Ohio Department of Education website for an updated list of sites participating in the program during the current year.