Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. The program offers funding on a per-meal basis to organizations who provide meals to low-income children during the summer.
Examples of local organizations that serve as SFSP sponsors include:
- Public or private nonprofit schools
- Units of local, municipal, county, tribal, and state government
- Nonprofit organizations
- Public or private nonprofit camps
- Colleges and universities
Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff, managerial skills, and food service capabilities. A sponsor may provide its own meals, purchase meals through an agreement with an area school, or contract for meals with a food vendor.
The state agency reimburses SFSP sponsors on a per-meal basis for the meals they serve to eligible participants that meet program requirements.
Each state has its own application and training process. Contact the appropriate state SFSP agency for application information.
Federal regulations require that all sponsor applications be submitted to the state agency by June 15. States may establish earlier deadlines, but are encouraged to work with sponsors wishing to apply after the deadline has passed.
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.