Delmont, PA – March 4, 2019 - The Westmoreland County Food Bank is again working to make sure that no children in Westmoreland County go hungry when school is closed this summer. Over 51,000 children in the county receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but many of these children do not get enough to eat when school is out. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to grow and learn during the summer.
The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the largest federal resource available for local programs that combine mealtime with recreational and educational activities. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The program provides breakfast and lunch for all children 18 years of age or under at approved sites throughout the county. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Currently there are 18 tentative sites located in Monessen, Jeannette, Vandergrift, New Kensington, Greensburg, Irwin, Derry, and Latrobe. Eligible community sponsors are non-profit organizations, schools, and local governments.
To request an application, inquire about starting a program in your community, or to learn about existing programs in your area, call Michelle Heller at the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 724.468.8660 extension 25 or e-mail her at [email protected]. The application deadline is April 26, 2019 and they are available on line at www.westmorelandfoodbank.org. Also, to find out more about the Westmoreland County Food Bank, please visit their web site at www.westmorelandfoodbank.org.