The Iowa Department of Education received $900,000 to support the enhancement and expansion of summer meal programs in currently underserved and eligible areas.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) two reimbursable summer meal programs, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), ensure Iowa children ages 18 and under have access to healthy meals and snacks during the summer break. The expansion grant opportunity will allow additional summer meal sites to serve children in underserved areas across the state for both programs.

The Expansion Grant funding will serve as an additional revenue source for summer meal programs beyond the federal meal reimbursement, and can be used for allowable expenses, including but not limited to: enhancing meal quality, incorporating more locally grown foods, updating program equipment, conducting program outreach, and operational or administrative personnel expenses not fully covered through meal reimbursement.

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USDA Summer Meal Programs

Summer Food Service Program

Seamless Summer Option

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Summer Meal Program Expansion Grant Award Amounts

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