For Immediate Release
March 26, 2013

Illinois State Board of Education announces training for organizations providing free summer meals

SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announces training opportunities for organizations that want to sponsor free summer meals for children. The Summer Food Service Program, run through ISBE’s Nutrition and Wellness Programs, offers workshops around the state to nonprofit organizations.

The Summer Meals Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reimburses organizations to provide nutritious meals to children, ages 18 and under, when school is not in session. Students with disabilities who are 18 or older and enrolled in school, are also eligible to receive free meals.

Organizations may be reimbursed for up to two meals per child per day, while migrant organizations or camps may be eligible for up to three meals.  Eligible organizations include:

Training is required to apply and participate as a sponsor.  Upcoming Sponsor workshop dates and cities are listed below.  To register for the workshops, please visit



April 3, 2013


April 10, 2013


April 17, 2013


May 1, 2013

Institutions may also participate as a feeding site through an existing or a new sponsor. 

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information on the Summer Meals Program, please visit or call the Summer Food Service Program at 800-545-7892.



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