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Summer Food Service Program to
Provide Free Meals to Eligible Children

RELEASED: May 8, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Stressing the importance of good nutrition, the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program and Upward Bound will sponsor the Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program, which is funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are unavailable.

Free meals will be 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 participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

The following locations will serve the free meals this summer: Wisconsin Youth Sports Program, June 10-July 11, Hilltop Center; and Upward Bound, June 15-July 25, Davies Center.

Meals will be provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability.

"This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available," said Vicki Funne Reed, project administrator for the WYSP and interim 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 Avenue, 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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