Summer Food Service Program

Child Feeding Her Teacher

The SFSP is the single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program. Children in your community do not need to go hungry this summer.



Collage of Reports School Breakfast Reports and Studies

View recent research reports regarding Child Nutrition Programs.


Summer Food Service Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

The single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program. Children in your community do not need to go hungry this summer.


A Guide to Starting the Summer Food Service Program in Your Community (PDF | 68.7 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

This booklet provides information on the Summer Food Service Program and on how you can participate.


Summer Feeding Toolkit

School Nutrition Association.

If you think your community could benefit from participating in the Summer Food Service Program, or you would like to expand your existing program through better promotion, marketing, and menus, this toolkit can help.


FairData Summer Food Target Mapper

Food Research & Action Center.

Interactive United States map showing poverty levels for reduced/free lunch eligibility based on 2010 and 2000 census data.


Feeding Low-Income Children When School Is Out - The Summer Food Service Program

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Comprehensive study of the Summer Food Service Program. The nationally representative study surveyed State administrators, sponsor staff, and site staff on program operations and on factors that affect participation. The study also examined the nutritional quality of meals served and the extent of plate waste.


Food Safety for Summer Food Service Programs

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service; National Food Service Management Institute.

Three-part lesson in PDF format for children emphasizing handwashing, temperatures and cross-contamination prevention. Food safety posters are also available.


Illinois Summer Food Service Program

Illinois State Board of Education.

Sample menus, comparison chart of summer food programs and newsletters to aid in the implementation of a Summer Food Service Program.


Michigan Summer Food Service Program

Michigan Department of Education.

Site with information about SFSP with fact sheets, memos, marketing materials, sponsor forms, training materials, coloring pages, and bookmarks.


Overcoming Barriers to Participation in the SFSP-An Identification of Best Practice Solutions. (PDF | 59.9 KB)

National Food Service Management Institute.

Document aimed at increasing the number of enrolled sponsors as a means of increasing the number of sites, ultimately increasing the number of children participating in the program.


Summer Feeding Choices for Schools

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Information on Simplified Summer Food Service Program, Seamless Summer Feeding Program, extension of current programs and 2006 reimbursement rates.


Summer Food Service Program Frequently Asked Questions

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides answers to commonly asked questions about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).


Summer Food Service Program Regulations

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Current regulations governing SFSP and information about implementation of legislative reforms.


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Outreach Toolkit for Sponsors and Feeding Sites (PDF | 5.21 MB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

The SFSP Outreach Toolkit will help sponsors and sites create outreach materials such as fliers, letters to parents, and press releases that will help the community learn about the program.


Summer Food Service Program (Summer Sack Lunch Program)

City of Seattle Human Services Department.

Includes two-month sample menu and descriptions of open and enrolled sites.


Summer Meals for Kids: Checking out USDA's Summer Food Service Program (WMV | 82.6 MB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

This video provides an overview of the Summer Food Service Program. Specific areas covered include sponsor eligibility, site eligibility, meal service, site management, recordkeeping and documentation, and reimbursement. Video is also available in: