Summer Food Service Program

USDA Summer Food Service Program LogoThe Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded program that provides free, nutritious meals to children age 18 or younger living in low-income areas, or pockets of poverty during the summer months when school is not in session. The SFSP can be sponsored by public or private nonprofit schools, or school districts; public or private nonprofit organizations, day or residential summer camps; local government agencies or tribal organizations. Summer feeding sites can be located in schools, public housing centers, playgrounds, camps, parks, churches, rec centers, and many other facilities as long as the site meets the SFSP eligibility criteria.

Sponsors are reimbursed for the number of meals served to each eligible child multiplied by the appropriate reimbursement rate. The SFSP has higher reimbursement rates than any other Child Nutrition Program, yet it is one of the most under-utilized federal assistance programs. In Alaska, nearly 53,000 eligible children received free or reduced-price school meals during FY12, and only about 4,000 children participated in the SFSP. The SFSP is the key to helping fill the hunger gap for children who receive free and reduced-price meals during the regular school year.

The Department of Education and Early Development, Alaska Child Nutrition Programs has partnered with the Washington Dairy Council and the Seattle Seahawks to spread the word about the Summer Food Service Program. This PSA features Max Unger, center with the Seattle Seahawks, and has been distributed to radio stations across the state.

Summer 2014

 

Apply for the Summer Food Service Program

 

State Contact for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is Alicia Stephens, (907) 465-4788