Summer means children are out of school and no longer receiving nutritious school lunches. To help bridge the summer meal gap, the USDA developed the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to feed children when school is out for the summer. The program is designed to be easy to administer for any summer program, and we’re here to help you understand it all!

Eligibility Requirements for the Summer Food Service Program

To be eligible for the Summer Food Service Program, your program must be located in an at-risk area. The USDA requires your site to be area eligible or more than 50% of the children in your summer program to be considered at-risk.

Summer Food Service Program Sponsorship

Partners in Quality Care is a statewide SFSP sponsor. This means we work throughout the summer months to provide healthy meals and snacks for children ages 0-18. The following are examples of areas we’ve helped implement the Summer Food Service Program in the past:

  • Apartment Complexes
  • Parks and Recreation Programs
  • Out-of-School Time Sites
  • Summer Camps
  • And more

How Can We Help Your Summer Program?

If you qualify as a Summer Food Service Program site, we will arrange for meals and snacks to be delivered to your program at no cost to you. The meals and snacks may be prepared fresh by a licensed caterer or be shelf-stable packaged meals, depending on your location and enrollment.

We take on all of the administrative burden involved in signing up for the Summer Food Service Program. Your only job is to keep track of meal counts, which can be done on paper or an easy mobile app.

We will provide training to all staff and volunteers with your summer program so that they understand the rules and can be successful on the Summer Food Service Program.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


If your summer program would like to receive FREE meals and snacks this summer, or financial reimbursement for the meals and snacks you are currently serving, contact us today! We can help you navigate the paperwork and processes that come with the Summer Food Service Program.

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