Summer food service program awarded grant


The summer food service program offered at Sibley East Public Schools this year has received a financial boost.

Sibley East was notified earlier this month that it was awarded an additional $1,000 grant from Second Harvest Heartland of Maplewood. Earlier this summer, Sibley East was awarded a $1,350 grant from Second Harvest Heartland.

In a letter to Sibley East, Second Harvest Heartland stated that the additional grant was made possible through a “generous donation by the ConAgra Foods Foundation.”

Sibley East’s Board of Education, earlier this summer, approved offering a summer food service program to provide breakfast and lunch weekdays for 10 weeks, from June 14 – August 20 at the Gaylord and Arlington School sites.

Sibley East School officials learned earlier this year that the district would qualify for the federally-funded program because more than half of the students in the district qualify for free and reduced lunch. Superintendent Stephen Jones said that 58% of Sibley East students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Jones’ goal was to serve 100-200 children per day, district-wide.

Both grants are being used to pay for adult meals for adults who accompany their children to the program. Sibley East is reimbursed $1.84 for breakfasts and $3.24 for lunches.