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Streamlined and Simplified Summer Food Service Program Requirements: FAQs

Last Published: 04/29/2014

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide answers to frequently asked questions regarding the administration of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), highlighting the new and existing flexibilities for program operators and sites.

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has made extensive efforts to increase participation in the Department of Agriculture (USDA) summer meal programs through regulatory and policy changes. As part of this effort, FNS has issued guidance updating and consolidating a variety of Program policies, including: addressing the use of school and census data to make site eligibility determinations; promoting flexibilities that alread exist to improve summer meal service operations and encourage year-round feeding programs; streamlining requirements for experienced operators of other Child Nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); and reducing barriers to participation for private nonprofit sponsors, for-profit sites, and Tribal governments.

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