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

SPRINGFIELD, IL – 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:

  • · Public or private nonprofit schools
  • · Units of local, municipal, county, tribal or state government
  • · Private nonprofit organizations
  • · Public or private nonprofit camps
  • · Public or private nonprofit universities or colleges

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

City Date
Elgin April 3, 2013
Galesburg April 10, 2013
Springfield April 17, 2013
Willowbrook 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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