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Summer Food Service Program to provide free children's meals at UW-Eau Claire

April 23, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The Summer Food Service Program to promote good nutrition will once again be held at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The program provides nutritious meals to children during the summer when free and reduced-price school meals are unavailable.

The effort is sponsored by the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, along with Upward Bound, Blugold Beginnings and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Free meals will be made available to eligible children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

All free meals will be served in Hilltop Center. Service will be on the following dates:

  • Wisconsin Youth Success Program, June 12-July 13 (no camp July 4-6)
  • Upward Bound, June 11-July 20
  • Blugold Beginnings, June 10-14, June 25- 28, July 22-26 and July 30-Aug. 2
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs pre-college programs, June 7-23.

The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

"This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available," said Vicki Funne Reed, project administrator for the Wisconsin Youth Success Program and director of University Recreation & Sport Facilities. "Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program."

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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