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Niagara County Youth Bureau accepting applications for summer food service program

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Mon, Mar 29th 2021 12:45 pm

The Niagara County Youth Bureau will return as a sponsor for the 2021 summer food service program (SFSP), which ensures children who are economically disadvantaged continue to receive nutritious meals during vacation. Meals are comparable to the national school breakfast and national school lunch programs offered throughout the school year.

The SFSP is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) that provides free meals to all children at approved sites. Waivers secured by NYSED will make all locations and sites eligible and no longer based on income eligibility requirements for 2021. Meals (including breakfast and/or lunch) are provided to children age 18 and under.

Applications are now being accepted from prospective SFSP sites. Approved locations will receive meals during the program, which plans to run from June 28 to Sept. 3. Site requests are individualized, including meals needed and program dates.

If an organization, summer day camp or youth program is interested in serving as a SFSP site, contact Youth Bureau Director Benjamin Bunker at 278-6872 for more information. The deadline for site application is Friday, April 16.

The USDA prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

Those wishing to file a civil rights program complaint of discrimination can complete the USDA program discrimination form found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, at any USDA office, or by calling 866-632-9992 to request a form. One may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send the completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., 20250-9410, by fax to 202-690-7442 or email at [email protected].

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities, may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal-opportunity provider and employer.

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