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Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the SFSP

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USDA is implementing regulatory changes to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) regulations that simplify program requirements for SFSP program operators, improve the customer experience for participating children and families, and strengthen the integrity of the program. Many provisions codified through this final rule were previously allowed as program flexibilities and are demonstrated to facilitate program administration and service delivery for children and their families.

This rule is effective Oct. 1, 2022. Compliance with the provisions of this rule must begin May 1, 2023. View the Federal Register Notice of Final Rule.

Happy Kids in Summer
Key Aspects of the Final Rule
  • Make permanent operational flexibilities that are demonstrated to work well in the SFSP while decreasing paperwork burdens.
  • Give sponsors the ability to focus their program oversight and technical assistance on sites that need it most.
  • Ease redundant requirements for high performing, experienced program operators through a streamlined application process.
  • Provide local control of meal service times and allow children to take one non-perishable item offsite to eat later.
  • End confusion around important standards and requirements by clarifying performance standards, program definitions, and other program requirements.
  • This rule also codifies FNS’ statutory waiver authority for all child nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and SFSP.
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Page updated: November 09, 2023