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Sub Sites In The Summer Food Service Program

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DATE: August 7, 1986
POLICY MEMO: 788-13 REV. 1
SUBJECT: Sub-sites in the Summer Food Service Program
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs

This instruction will outline the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) policy regarding the legitimacy of sub-sites (i.e., meals transported from approved sites to feeding locations for which site applications have not been submitted). Meals are reimbursable only when served at sites which have been approved by the administering agency. Approval of a given site applies only to meals served at that site, and not to meals removed from that site for service at another location which has not been approved.

The administering agency may grant exceptions to this rule in only two instances. First, the occasional service of meals at a location other than the approved site is permissible when children attending that site are taken on a field trip. Second, administering agencies may authorize the service of small numbers of meals at unapproved locations for children enrolled in a tightly organized, rigorously supervised activity program at various feeding locations. For example, an athletic program involving scheduled competition at various locations or a program in which children participate in supervised projects at various work sites may be coordinated with the SFSP. However, such coordination presents complex problems in delivery scheduling, food handling, and meal service. Administering agencies should, therefore, exercise special care to ensure that the sponsor has developed adequate procedures to resolve these problems before granting approval.

Samuel P. Bauer
Child Nutrition Division

Page updated: April 05, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.