MDE News

Training Location for 2018 Summer Food Program Changed

by Feb 05, 2018

Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Education

Office of Communications & Legislative Support
Patrice Guilfoyle, APR, Director of Communications *601-359-3706 *FAX:  601-359-3033
Jean Cook, Communications Specialist *601-359-3519


For Immediate Release: February 5, 2018

Training Location for 2018 Summer Food Program Changed

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will host an informational training session on the 2018 Summer Food Service Program on Feb. 15 in Rosedale, a change from the previous location in Greenwood.

MDE is seeking sponsors to operate the 2018 Summer Food Service Program in counties across the state. This program is administered by the MDE Office of Child Nutrition (OCN).

The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals to children without regard to race, color, national origin, age (within statutory limits), sex, or disability during summer school vacation periods.  In most areas, the program operates from June through August. 

Public or private nonprofit schools, units of local, municipal, county or state government, and public or private nonprofit organizations may qualify as sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program.  Residential summer camps with enrollment including eligible children may also act as program sponsors.  Qualified sponsors will receive the maximum “meals time rates” operating and administrative reimbursements.  To be eligible, sponsors must: (1) show they are financially and administratively capable of operating the program; (2) provide continuing service to the community; and (3) serve meals on a regular schedule to children or provide meals as part of an organized program for enrolled children at camps.

The Office of Child Nutrition (OCN) will host another informational training for potential new sponsors (schools, churches, government entities and non-profit organizations) on Feb. 28 in Gulfport.

Potential sponsors should contact the Child Nutrition Office immediately to receive registration information for the upcoming trainings. No walk-ins will be allowed. Organizations may contact Mary Clayborne or April Catchings by mail at the MDE Office of Child Nutrition, P.O. Box 771, Jackson, MS  39205; or by phone at (601) 576-4954; or by email at or .


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