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

 MAILED:  April 8, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Recognizing the importance of good nutrition, the National Youth Sports Program and Upward Bound program will sponsor the Summer Food Service Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The food service program, which is 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 available to eligible children 18 years old and younger. People over 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year also may receive free meals.

Last summer, 90 sponsors operating 400 sites served more than 1.2 million meals to children in Wisconsin.

“This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available,” said Thomas Patt, director of University Recreation at UW-Eau Claire. “Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.”

Sponsors 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 half of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. 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. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program at UW-Eau Claire, contact Thomas Patt at (715) 836-2491 or patttr@uwec.edu.

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Updated: April 8, 2004