Delaware's Summer Feeding Program for Children will expand this year to serve 16,000 students across the state.
The program is to help families feed children who don't always have dependable access to food during the summer months. The $3.07 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows Delaware to test the summer delivery of food benefits to children and their families via electronic benefit cards. The program helps families buy healthy food during the summer for children who currently receive free or reduced-price meals at school.
The program will involve students in school districts from across the state in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. About 4,000 students in the Red Clay, Colonial, Christina and Appoquinimink school districts who were served last year will be served again this summer. From all of the other school districts, the program will conduct a lottery to randomly select 12,000 new children from those families who sign consent forms provided to them. Letters to parents, which include the consent forms, were mailed starting last week. For more information on the program, call (302) 453-2852 or visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dss/index.html.