A summer food service program for children of low-income families will be available from May through September.

Applications to sponsor the program, operated through the State Office of Education, are being accepted from organizations that qualify, said Deborah Olsen, specialist, Child Nutrition Programs.To qualify, an organization must be a public or nonprofit private school food authority; a public or nonprofit private residential summer camp; or a unit of local, municipal or county government. It must be able to demonstrate financial and administrative capability, have adequate personnel for managing sites and operate in an area where at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.

Applications will be taken through May 12, Olsen said.

An orientation program, which is mandatory for all sponsors, will be April 14 in the state offices, 250 E. Fifth South. For information, contact Olsen, 538-7684.