Summer Food Service Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
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 that provide meals to low-income children
during the summer.
Examples of local organizations that serve as SFSP
- Public and private nonprofit schools
- Units of local, municipal, county, tribal, and state
- Nonprofit organizations
- Public and private nonprofit camps
- Colleges and universities
Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff,
managerial skills, and food service capabilities.
Amount of funding
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.
Connect with the appropriate
state agency contacts responsible for child nutrition
programs to learn more about submitting an application.
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
Children and youth · Community and faith-based initiatives · Food security and nutrition · Income support and assistance · Schools
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application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided
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or monitor application status.