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Non-Congregate Summer Meal Service

Starting in summer 2023, certain rural areas can distribute nutritious meals to kids outside of the typically required group (congregate) settings through the Summer Food Service Program and NSLP Seamless Summer Option.
As part of our collaborative efforts to enhance USDA's summer nutrition programs, approved program operators in low-income, rural areas can now use alternate service models that are tailored to the needs of the children and communities they serve. States will exercise discretion in approving sites for non-congregate meal service as they balance meeting the needs of their communities and ensuring program integrity.
Guidance Documents
  • SFSP 01-2023, SP 05-2023 - Implementation Guidance: Summer 2023 Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas- Revised (contains questions and answers)
  • SFSP 02-2023 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023: Effect on Child Nutrition Programs
  • SFSP 03-2023 - Guidance on Performance Standards, Budgets, and Management Plans in the SFSP
  • SFSP 07-2023, SP 14-2023 - Questions and Answers #2: Summer 2023 Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas
  • SFSP 17-2015 - Rural Designations in the SFSP - Revised
Additional Resources
Page updated: November 08, 2023