Getting Started with SFSP

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. The program reimburses organizations who serve approved meals to qualifying children. All meals are served free to eligible children.

Your Organization may be eligible for the SFSP
if your organization is:

  • A public or private nonprofit school food authority;
  • A public or private nonprofit residential camp;
  • A public or private nonprofit college or university;
  • A unit of local, county, municipal, state or federal government; or
  • Any other type of private nonprofit organization.

 Contracting entities participating in the SFSP must:

  • Demonstrate financial and administrative capability;
  • Not have been declared seriously deficient;
  • Serve low-income children;
  • Conduct a nonprofit food service;
  • Provide year-round service; and
  • Exercise administrative oversight at approved meal service site.

If you believe that you meet these requirements and would like to apply for the SFSP, complete the form below.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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Commissioner Sid Miller

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