Tallahassee, Florida – the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is looking for partners statewide to help provide free meals to children from low-income families through the Summer BreakSpot program.
“During the summer, many students who depend on school meals during the school year will need to find a reliable source of daily nutritious meals. This year, as more and more families face food insecurity due to the pandemic, we are actively seeking to increase partnerships with organizations such as local nonprofits, schools, camps, etc. residential and faith-based organizations, as they are well-positioned to reach unserved children throughout the state,” said Nikki, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Fried.
FDACS’ Summer BreakSpot program, which provides meals to children during the summer when school is closed, serves an average of 14 million to 16 million meals per summer to children across Florida. In the summer of 2021, this program served over 18.5 million meals and added over 1,400 additional locations across the state.
Applications and training will open for the Summer BreakSpot 2022 program on February 21, 2022. The Summer 2022 application deadlines are intended to ensure that all sponsors are approved and ready to operate in a timely manner. The schedule will also allow sponsors requesting an advance to receive funds with ample time to make purchases before their program begins.
Sponsors requesting an advance in June and/or July:
Must submit complete application by March 15, 2022. Application must be approved prior to operation.
All sponsors not requesting an advance:
Must submit complete application by April 15, 2022. Application must be approved prior to surgery.
More information about the annual Summer BreakSpot program training can be found here.
Please see below for training requirements:
- Online training is mandatory for any sponsor operating in the SFSP. Please note that all 14 training modules must be completed by March 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST, unless you request an advance, training must be completed by March 15, 2022. If all 14 training modules are not completed , you will not be eligible. to participate in the SFSP 2022.
- Sponsors must actively participate and pass all 14 training modules in the online LMS with an 80% or higher
Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Summer BreakSpot program is administered at the state level by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and is run in local communities by schools and qualified public and private non-profit organizations.
Through the Summer BreakSpot program, organizations can provide nutritious, free meals to children in low-income areas through a variety of programs, such as summer day camps and enrichment programs. Eligible organizations will be reimbursed for program operating and administrative costs based on the number of eligible meals served. To be eligible, organizations must:
- Provide ongoing service to the community;
- Serve meals on a regular schedule to children or provide meals as part of an organized program for children enrolled in camps; and
- Demonstrate the financial and administrative capacity to operate the program.
For more information about the Summer BreakSpot program, visit SummerBreakSpot.org.
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