Host A Summer Meals Site

Participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) as a site is a wonderful way for organizations to support and engage with their community.

As the administrative requirements of the SFSP are rigorous, TDA strongly recommends these organizations new to the SFSP operate their first year as a meal site under an experienced Contracting Entity (CE). These sites are welcome to transition to a CE role after successful participation as a site after a minimum of one year.

Overview of SFSP sites


A site (or meal site) is a location where children eat their meals in a congregate setting. Sites may be located in a variety of settings, including schools, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, churches, community centers, day camps, residential summer camps, housing projects, and migrant centers, or on Indian reservations.
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Sites participate under the sponsorship of a CE that has a contract with TDA. The CE may require the site to sign an agreement with them outlining the site’s responsibilities. SFSP sites do not retain financial or administrative responsibility for the SFSP and do not receive reimbursement for the meals served. The CE provides the meals and ensures all financial and administrative responsibilities are met.


What are a Site's Responsibilities?

Some of the site’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Serve meals to all children 18 years of age and under
  • Serve meals that meet the minimum meal pattern requirements
  • Count meals as they are served to children
  • Provide adequate supervision during the meal service
  • Ensure that children eat all meals onsite
  • Maintain and promptly submit reports and records that the CE requires
  • Report to the CE any changes in the number of meals required as attendance fluctuates
  • Report any other problems regarding the meal services
  • Comply with civil rights laws and regulations
  • Adhere to local health and sanitation regulations
  • Attend CE training sessions

Click here to learn more about a site’s responsibilities with USDA’s Site Supervisors’s Guide (both in English and Spanish).


How do I find a CE?


Contact the regional ESC for information on CEs in your area.


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, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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