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.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.