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Summer 2023 - Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites

Published: 59 days ago
" December 2, 2022 - The "traditional" waiver that allowed closed enrolled SFSP sites to become eligible based on being located in a low income area has been codified in the Code of Federal Regulations per the September 2022 Final Rule. However, CEs wishing to operate a closed enrolled site must provide justification for why they are not able to service the community.
December 2, 2022 - Closed enrolled sites are eligible to operate if at least 50% of its enrollees are qualified for free or reduced-price meals as determined through the individual income eligibility of the children attending the site. However, per Final Rule, Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), instead of determining the individual income eligibility of each enrolled child, a site may document its status as a closed enrolled site by using area eligibility data. CEs wishing to operate a closed enrolled site in an eligible area must provide justification for why the site is operating as closed enrolled as opposed to being open to the community.


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