PCSD hosts Summer Food Service Program in 2019 at four school buildings
May 13, 2019
Staying committed to children’s nutrition over the summer is a priority for the Parma City School District.
Since 2013, the PCSD has hosted the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), providing an opportunity for all children in the community to receive healthy and nutritious meals throughout the majority of the summer break. SFSP will continue once again this summer.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported in 2017 that 15.7% of all American households with children had issues with food security. That percentage equates to roughly 6.5 million children. Locally here in the Parma City School District (PCSD), 50 percent of all students qualify for a free and reduced lunch.
“It’s important for kids to eat a nutritious meal all-year round, not just when school is in session,” Bob Gorman, Supervisor of Nutrition Services for the PCSD explained. “Parma is committed to feeding our kids fresh, nutritious meals.”
The SFSP provides free breakfast and lunch for all children ages 1 through 18. You do not have to be enrolled in the PCSD to take advantage of this program.
This year, the PCSD will be offering the SFSP at four school buildings: Dentzler Elementary, John Muir Elementary, Greenbriar Middle School and Shiloh Middle School. The program will begin at most locations on Monday, June 10.
The program is completely funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is available in many communities throughout the nation.
“It’s basically like the National School Lunch Program which takes place in the winter time,” Gorman added. “We are reimbursed through the state who gets their money from the USDA. We are reimbursed by each plate that is taken by students.”
According to Gorman, new this year will be the addition of fresh fruits and vegetables at all four locations. In addition, Greenbriar Middle School will have a fresh salad bar for children to enjoy. At Shiloh Middle School, breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 am and running through 10:00 am, along with a lunchtime meal. All other locations will serve lunch only.
Parents can learn what’s for breakfast and lunch, along with all nutritional information through the MySchoolMenus app, available at www.myschoolmenus.com. In addition, parents can view locations in other communities for the Summer Food Service program through the Ohio Department of Education’s website.
Gorman also suggests staying connected with the Parma Schools’ website to ensure each location will be open the entire summer. If attendance at a location drops below a certain level, that specific SFSP site may close.