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Streamlined and Simplified Summer Food Service Program Requirements: FAQs

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DATE: April 24, 2014
SUBJECT: Streamlined and Simplified Summer Food Service Program Requirements: Frequently Asked Questions
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

This 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 already 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.

State agencies are reminded to distribute this information to program operators immediately. Program operators should direct any questions regarding this memorandum to the appropriate state agency. State agency contact information is available at State agencies should direct questions to the appropriate FNS regional office.

Cynthia Long
Deputy Administrator
Child Nutrition Programs

Page updated: April 07, 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.