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Summer Food Service Program to provide free meals to eligible children

RELEASED: May 11, 2011

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 also receive free meals.

Service will be as follows:

  • Wisconsin Youth Success Program, June 14-July 15 in Hilltop Center (no camp July 1-5)
  • Upward Bound, June 12-July 22 in Davies Center
  • Blugold Beginnings, June 26-July 1 and July 31-Aug. 4 in Davies Center
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs pre-college programs, June 12-25 and July 9-29 in Davies Center.

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. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

According to Vicki Funne Reed, project administrator for WYSP and director of University Recreation & Sport Facilities, more than 400 children, ages 10-16, participate in WYSP each year. The free summer program provides children with opportunities to spend quality time on a university campus.

"There are many participants whose families cannot afford to send their children to camp, and WYSP provides classroom and sporting activities in a safe and structured environment where they are mentored by college students and taught by certified teachers," she said."The breakfast and lunch program enhances the overall health and wellness goals of the Wisconsin Youth Success 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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