The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is looking for schools and qualified community organizations to participate in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Organizations may also consider partnering with an existing sponsor such as a school corporation to open a meal service site in areas where children may lack good nutrition during the summer months. Rural areas are especially in need of coverage. IDOE encourages current SFSP sponsors to expand their existing programs and extend meal service throughout the summer break to help eliminate childhood hunger. The Summer Food Service Program reimburses local sponsors that serve healthy free meals and snacks to children 18 years and younger in low-income areas of the state. Sponsorship is open to public and private nonprofit groups. In addition to providing free meal service in a local community, many sponsors offer additional educational or physical activities and may partner with other organizations to do so. The application deadline for potential SFSP sponsors is April 30. All sponsors receive training on how to plan, operate, and monitor a successful program. For more information on becoming a sponsor or to sign up for the training workshop, visit the Department’s website at: