Facts about SFSP – Summer Food Service Program – USDA and Dept of Ed

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The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that children continue to
receive nutritious meals during the summer, when they do not have access to
school lunch or breakfast. The Summer Food Service Program began in 1968 and
provides nutritious food that’s “in” when school is “out.”
The Summer Food Service Program is administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). The Colorado Department
of Education (CDE) Office of School Nutrition (OSN) approves sponsor
applications, conducts training, monitors program operations and processes
program payments.
Sponsors must be organizations that are fully capable of managing a food service
program. Sponsors must follow regulations and be responsible, financially and
administratively, for running the program. Sponsors of sites must:
 not be seriously deficient
 serve low income children
 conduct a nonprofit food service
 exercise management control over sites
All children 18 years of age and under who go to an approved site may receive
free meals.
A person 19 years of age and over who has a mental or physical disability (as
determined by a state or local educational agency) and participates during the
school year in a public or private non-profit school program may also receive free
A site is the physical location, approved by the Office of School Nutrition, where SFSP meal(s) are served during a
supervised time period. The three types of sites are:
What types of organizations
are eligible to sponsor the
 Public or private non-profit
 Units of local, municipal,
county, state or federal
 Private non-profit
 Public or private non-profit
residential camps
 Public or private non-profit
universities or colleges
participating in the National
Youth Sports Program
 Community and faith based

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Sponsors may choose from several methods of providing meals, including to:
 prepare and assemble their own meals
 obtain meals from a school food authority
 obtain meals from a vendor
Open or closed enrolled sites can serve up to two meals; lunch and either breakfast or snack, every day. Camps may
serve up to three meals per day (any combination of breakfast, lunch, supper or snack).
Sponsor reimbursements are based on the number of reimbursable meals served, multiplied by the federal rate of
reimbursement, which is determined annually.
At open or closed enrolled sites, reimbursement may be claimed for all meals served that meet SFSP guidelines.
Sponsors offering the program at camp sites may claim reimbursement only for the program meals served to enrolled
children who meet the program’s income eligibility standards.
All sponsors must complete the Office of School Nutrtion annual training. All new sponsors must attend the in-person
training and returning sponsors, in good standing, have the option to complete the online training. Once sponsor
training is complete, the organization applies via an online application.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
OPEN At least 50 percent of children in the area are eligible
for free or reduced price school meals (area eligible).
 School data
 Census data
At least 50 percent of the children enrolled in the
program are eligible for free or reduced price school
meals or the site is area eligible.
 School data
 Census data
 Income eligibility forms
CAMP A residential or non-residential day camp program
which offers a regularly scheduled food service as part
of an organized program for enrolled children.
 Income eligibility forms
 List of income eligible children provided by
the school district
 To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program visit: www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutrisummer
 To view all CDE fact sheets, visit: www.cde.state.co.us/Communications/factsheetsandfaqs

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