USDA Summer Food Service Program-SFSP

What is the Summer Food Service Program?

 

SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program. The SFSP reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer months when school is not in session. 

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Who does the program serve?

 

SFSP serves children and teens age 18 and younger.

 

How does It work?

 

There are three main players involved: State agencies, sponsors, and sites.

 

  • State agencies administer the program and communicate with USDA.

  • Sponsors enter into agreements with State agencies to run the program. Schools, local government agencies, camps, faith-based and other non-profit community organizations that have the ability to manage a food service program may be SFSP sponsors. Sponsors get reimbursed by the Program and may manage multiple sites.

  • Sites are places in the community where children receive meals in a safe and supervised environment. Sites may be located in a variety of settings, including schools, parks, community centers, health clinics, hospitals, apartment complexes, churches, and migrant centers. Sites work directly with sponsors.

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