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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

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Start planning your best Summer now!  Start exploring the FNS Capacity Builder mapper to find areas of need and gaps in service in your community and plan ideal Summer Meal site locations for 2015.  To help users find partners and strategize outreach efforts, the map also identifies schools, housing, libraries, Tribal lands, military bases and faith institutions and much more.

In 2013, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provided meals to more than 2.4 million children each day at 42,654 sites during the program's peak month of July. This chart is from the  USDA Economic Research Service website, updated June 23, 2014. (Source: USDA, Economic Research Service using data from the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service)

Watch videos of SFSP sites, sponsors, state agencies, and volunteers talk about their experiences working with summer meals and their best practices.

Our Summer Meals Program experts, partners, and special speakers will provide you with great resources, technical guidance examples, and best practices that can make your Summer Meals Program a total success!

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Last Published: 08/20/2014

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

How to Get Involved

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Find Free Summer Meals for Children in Your Community
Summer site information varies by state and will be available as the school year is ending and summer is about to begin in your community, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) to find a free, nutritious summer meal site near you.


Summer Meals Toolkit

The Summer Meals Toolkit is designed for individuals and organizations interested in serving as Summer Meal champions in their communities at any level of program administration. The toolkit is web-based, and includes seven ‘mini-toolkits’ targeting specific audiences and topics.

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Schools, Organizations, and Local Government Entities
Learn how to become a SFSP site or sponsor and serve free summer meals to hungry children in your community.  Current SFSP sponsors can visit our Managing SFSP page to learn how to improve program operation and get the latest policy memos.

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Raise Awareness in Your Community
Learn how you can spread the word about free summer meals in your community.  Our resources include customizable fliers and handouts, an innovative strategies library, training videos, and radio PSAs.  You don’t need to be a site or sponsor to use these resources; anybody can help raise awareness of summer meals!

Innovative Strategies

Innovative Strategies
Need a few ideas to kick-start a good summer program? Here are some suggestions, followed by examples of activities and initiatives that State agencies have undertaken to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO).

Contact Your State

Contact Your State
Contact your State agency to apply to become a sponsor, to become be a summer feeding site, or to learn about the many ways you can get involved with summer meals.  Although SFSP is a federally-funded program, you State is responsible for administering the program and will be able to answer all your questions.

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Training Videos
Watch and listen to SFSP sponsors, sites, volunteers, and state agencies from around the country talk about how they got started with SFSP and what it has meant to their community.