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Summer Food Service Program

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The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to offer nutritionally balanced, high quality meals to children during summer vacations, interim, and off-track periods. The program is particularly targeted to low-income children who may not have adequate nutrition when schools are not in session.

The SFSP provides meals to children 18 years and younger at approved sponsored sites. These meals must meet the same nutritional standards as the other Child Nutrition Programs. Meals served include breakfast, lunch, supplements, and supper depending on the type of service site. Up to three meals per child per day may be reimbursed.

A program sponsor may be any of the following types of organizations and may provide the program in one or more places:

  • A public or private nonprofit School Food Authority;
  • A public or private nonprofit residential summer camp;
  • A unit of local (municipal or county) government; or
  • A private nonprofit organization that regularly serves the public.

Private nonprofit organizations may only sponsor the SFSP in areas where a School Food Authority or local government will not do so. Sponsors may operate several types of facilities including open sites, enrolled sites, homeless feeding sites, residential summer camps, and nonresidential summer camps. For additional information regarding program availability and site locations, contact the local school district.


Files and Links

Eat Smart Play Hard Guide

Make a Splash with your Summer Food Service Program

2015 SFSP Guidance Handbooks

SFSP Forms and Additional Files

Policy Bulletins