In efforts to fight hunger and poor nutrition in the state, the Wyoming Department of Education is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Summer Food Program and is seeking sponsors.

The federally funded food program provides meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months when they are not in school.

Last year, Wyoming summer food service program sites provided 296,071 meals and snacks. Sponsors for the program are needed all across the state, but the department says Powell and Sheridan are particularly in need.

Sponsors may include public and private nonprofit schools; local and municipal sites; houses of worship; county, tribal and state government entities; private nonprofit organizations; public and private nonprofit camps; and public and private nonprofit universities or colleges.

Summer food program sites must either be in the attendance area of a school where 50 percent or more students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals or within the boundaries of a U.S. Census block where at least 50 percent of children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals at school.

The department says they can assist sponsors in obtaining information about possible sites. Sponsors are reimbursed a set amount for each meal served.

Nearly 60,000 more meals were served last summer compared to the summer of 2017.

More information is available on the Wyoming Department of Education website.