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. 

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.