The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking a waiver on behalf of the New Birth Christian Center to Federal Regulation 7CFR225.6(b)(6) that limits private nonprofit sponsors to 25 Summer Food Service Program Sites. New Birth Christian Center provides meals at children’s summer program and neighborhood sites not served by another agency such as a local school district. They have requested that the Illinois State Board of Education seek a waiver allowing them to provide meal service to more than 25 sites, due to the overwhelming need to address the lack of proper nutrition, hunger, obesity, and poverty in the low-income communities of the inner city and suburbs. Additionally, the average size of the food service sites that are being proposed can feed up to 150 eligible school age children in Chicagoland’s low income communities.
The requested waiver will permit New Birth Christian Center and its affiliated sites to feed all needy children who participate in approved programs during the summer, while school is out of session. To comment on the proposed waiver request and to obtain further information, contact the Illinois State Board of Education at 217/782-2491 or 1-800-545-7892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.