Summer Food Service Program

sfspIn December of 2006 the Aiken County Council voted to transfer the administrative entity for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) from its Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department to the Aiken Housing Authority.

The SFSP for children was created by Congress in 1968. It is an entitlement program designed to provide funds for eligible sponsoring organizations to serve nutritious meals to low-income children when school is not in session. SFSP is the single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program. Children in our community do not need to go hungry this summer.

During the school year, nutritious meals are available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. But those programs end when school ends for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program helps fill the hunger gap. The SFSP provides free meals and snacks to low-income children through age 18 when school is not in session. (People over age 18 who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities may also participate in the SFSP.)
Did you know?

  • 491,090 youth participated in Free and or Reduced School Lunch Program
  • 56,056 youth participated in the Summer Food Service Program
  • 13,000 youth in Aiken County qualify
  • 2006 – 1,500 youth participated in the Summer Food Service Program

Why is the Summer Food Service Program needed in Aiken County?

A good indicator of child poverty in a community is the number of children who qualify for free and reduced priced lunches during the school year. If these children don't have the resources for lunch during the school year it's a bet that they are going without proper nutrition during the summer.

Participation:

Aiken County Schools

  • 53% receive free or reduced meals.
  • 13,000 are eligible to receive free or reduced meals.

Summer Food Service Program

  • Only 1,500 youth served due to lack of program participation.
  • 89% of the youth who qualify are not currently being served.

Eligibility:

Free meals and snacks are provided to low-income children through age 18 when school is not in session. (People over age 18 who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities may also participate).

Aiken Housing Authority may sponsor your site, which may include:

  • Schools, churches, non-profit daycares, recreational centers, Headstart, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Faith-based organizations, summer camps, youth sites and many more....

Your site qualifies if the nearest school to your site is one of the following....

Silver Bluff High School North Aiken Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary North Augusta Elementary School 
Leavelle McCambell Middle School Ridgespring Monetta Elementary School 
New Ellenton Middle School Warrenville Elementary School 
Ridgespring Monetta High School Oakwood Windsor Elementary School 
Busbee Elementary / Corbett Redcliff Elementary School 
JD Lever Elementary School Aiken Middle School 
Clearwater Elementary School Wagener Salley High School 
East Aiken Elementary School Mosey Creek Elementary 
Schofield Middle School  Pinecrest Annex
Gloverville Elementary School  Freedman Parenting Center 

Benefits:

  • The Summer Food Service Program feeds hungry children in the summer, gives a boost to public and private non-profit summer programs, and helps gives low-income children the best start on the new school year.
  • Many sites provide not just meals, but educational enrichment and recreational activities that help children continue to learn and stay safe when school is not in session. The meals provided through the Summer Food Service Program act as a "magnet" to draw children to these activities.

Please contact the following individuals for more information:

Angela Mackie
(803) 617-7982

Chanosha Lawton
(803) 617-7978

Sasha Creech
(803) 617-7980

Program Dates:
Monday, June 12, 2017 

Days of Operation:
Monday through Friday.

"You may choose the days or weeks you would like to participate."

*No person shall, on the grounds or race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under the program." Any persons who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write immediately to USDA Office or Civil Rights, Room 326-W Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) NOTICE

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amended, superseded or rescinded. Pursuant to the authority provided under the CARES Act, HUD is waiving and establishing alternative requirements for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements for the Public Housing program and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. These waivers provide administrative flexibilities and relief to PHAs in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.

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image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)The Housing Authority of the City of Aiken is closely monitoring developments concerning the Cororanvirus (COVID-19) in our state and considers the health, safety and well-being of our families, staff and others in the community to be our highest priority. We join forces with Governor McMaster, health officials, and others in our state in proactively addressing this public health risk to our citizens.

We are implementing the recommended Center for Disease and Control (CDC) precautionary measures to promote social distancing and limiting our staff travel. We are confident that these actions will allow us to continue essential business functions in a manner that safeguards the health interest of everyone concerned. We also have contingencies in place for staff to work remotely in the event of an office closure.

COVID-19 has been declared a public health emergency on both the state and national level. The Housing Authority of the City of Aiken understands the tremendous health risk that COVID-19 poses to our community. Please be assured that we are taking “all necessary and appropriate actions” to help our state address this public health threat. We will contiue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and provide you with additonal updates as needed.