Summer Food Service Program

Even if you think your staff, time and resources are stretched too thin, your organization can still participate in the SFSP. Some organizations may not be able to sponsor the program, but they can supervise meals, recreation and enrichment activities for children at a site Signup up as a food service site means nutritious, prepared meals will be delivered to your location with less paperwork for you.

As a sponsored site, you will have an arrangement with another organization that is approved to administer the program. The sponsor will have staff and management experience to help you learn how to run your food service site successfully. Your sponsor will determine if your site is eligible, train your staff, arrange for meals to be prepared or delivered, monitor your site and prepare claims for reimbursement. If you operate a summer food service site, you will:

  • attend your sponsor’s training
  • supervise activities and meal services at your site
  • distribute meals by following SFSP guidelines
  • keep daily records of meals served
  • store food appropriately
  • keep the site clean and sanitary
  • follow SFSP guidelines

The SFSP serves meals with milk, meat, fruits, vegetables and bread. Meals have all the good things that children need to grow up strong and healthy.

All meals and snacks meet USDA’s nutrition standards.

Children might get breakfast, lunch supper or snack, depending on what your site serves.

Most food service sites can provide up to two meals – either a breakfast and lunch or breakfast and supper – or one meal and a snack.

Find answers to more Frequently Asked Questions about SFSP on the USDA website.

For more information contact Nutrition Services at (800) 731-2233.

Additional SFSP information is available on the USDA website.

Updated January 31, 2023 1:38pm