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The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is looking for community sponsors to run summer food programs to prevent more than 575,000 children in Michigan from going hungry when school lunchrooms close for the summer.

"There is a desperate need and the food is available," State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in an MDE press release. "We just need more locations around the state to serve the children."

Sponsors receive federal payments for both the meals served to children and the administrative costs of serving the meals. New sponsors will receive free training and technical assistance from MDE.

The Summer Food Service Program serves nutritious meals to children up to age 18 living in low-income areas (where 50 percent or more of the students qualify for free or reduced price school meals). The program can operate in schools, public housing centers, playgrounds, camps, parks, and faith-based facilities.

To sponsor the program this summer, organizations must contact MDE by March 1. Applications and sponsor information may be obtained on the MDE website at: