Summer Food Programs

The Healthy School Food Collaborative is one of the largest Sponsors of Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP). Working with State Agencies and Summer Food Program Sites, the HSFC makes sure that free, healthy meals are available in the summer when school is not in session.

Here's how it works ...

There are 3 main components to a summer food program - Sites, Sponsors and State Agencies. The HSFC is a Sponsor who assists sites by working with state agencies to coordinate a summer food service program.
   
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Summer Food Program Sites, Sponsors and Agencies?

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Sites may be schools, parks, community centers and churches or a location where children can receive meals in a safe and supervised environment. Sites work directly with Sponsors.

Sponsors are organizations that have the ability to manage a food service program. Sponsors enter into agreements with State Agencies and receive reimbursement to coordinator and sponsor the program. Summer Food Service Program Sponsors may manage multiple sites.

State Agencies are responsible for communicating with the USDA about summer food service program sites. They also work with individuals, schools and community organizations to connect families to free summer meals.

What We do for You . .

  • Help You Become a Summer Food Service Program by Assisting with Program Implementation
  • Competitively Procure Food to be Prepared or for Meals to be Delivered
  • Prepare Claims for Reimbursement
  • Provide Policies and Procedures to fit Site's Operations Model - Onsite Preparation vs Delivered-To-Site
  • Train Staff on Procedures for Monitoring Meal Counts, Adjusting Meal Preparation or Deliveries, Collection of Site Forms, Daily Record Reviews
  • Conduct Site Reviews to Ensure that Operations are in Accordance with Program Guidelines

Benefits of a Summer Food Program

  • Reduces Hunger Among Low-Income Children When School is Out
  • Meals are Free to Participants
  • Can Save Your Organization Thousands of Dollars on Meals
  • Attracts More Participants to your Program
  • Improves the Health and Well-Being of your Community

Helpful Resources, Links, and Grant Opportunities

www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program
www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-meals-toolkit

https://bestpractices.nokidhungry.org/child-nutrition-program-grant-opportunities