This summer, from June 11 to July 12, 2018, approximately 35 area high school students will experience the daily routines of college freshmen on the Finlandia University campus. The TRIO Upward Bound (UB) summer students live in the Finlandia Hall, attend demanding daily classes, complete homework, meet new people and, of course, eat three meals daily in Finlandia’s cafeteria.
For more than 30 years, this ‘mock college experience’ has been part of Finlandia’s year-round TRIO UB program, which is 100 percent funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The summer residential program is intended to help prepare the youth for academic success and acclimate them to the responsibilities of being on their own. Food service during the summer TRIO UB program is funded in part through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Children. As an SFSP sponsor, Finlandia’s TRIO Upward Bound receives financial support for serving healthy meals and snacks to eligible summer participants.
The SFSP is the single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who want to combine meals with a summer activity program, states the SFSP Web site. It was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations.
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