University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Summer Youth Programs at UW-Eau Claire
To Participate in Summer Food Service Program

 MAILED:  April 11, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - Stressing the importance of good nutrition, the National Youth Sports Program and Upward Bound program announce the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to needy children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are unavailable. Free meals will be made available to eligible children 18 years of age and younger. 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.

Last summer, 80 sponsors operating 400 sites served over 1.2 million meals to children in Wisconsin. "This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available," said Thomas R. Patt, director of university recreation. "Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program."

Sponsors of the USDA program must agree to serve meals that meet program requirements, demonstrate financial and administrative capabilities to operate the program, and document that adequate supervisory and operational personnel are available. Also, because the program serves needy children, sponsors must document that each site serves an area in which at least one-half of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Camp sponsors are reimbursed for needy children only.

In accordance with Federal law and USDA policy, UW-Eau Claire is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Updated: April 22, 2003