When school is out, many children are at risk for poor nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federal program that ensures children (18 years and younger) in lower-income areas continue to receive free, nutritious meals during the summer when they do not have access to the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program.
Healthy summer meals may be served at a variety of sites, such as schools, parks, camps, housing complexes, churches and town halls. Many sites offer organized and/or recreational activities with the meal. Meals may be prepared on site or transported from another location.
Most sponsors may be approved to receive reimbursement for serving up to two meals or one meal and a snack per day (usually breakfast and lunch or lunch and a snack). Camps may claim up to three meals per day. All meals must follow the SFSP USDA Meal Pattern requirements and dietary specifications.