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Summer Food Service Program

Established since 1975, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals to children from low income families so they may receive the same high quality nutrition during school vacations that they get in school cafeterias during the school year. Continued nutrition helps children return to school after summer ready to learn.

What is Summer Food Service Program?

The SFSP is a federally funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Pennsylvania by the Department of Education. Non-profit organizations may sponsor the program and receive reimbursement for qualifying meals served to eligible children.

There is a great need for the SFSP, particularly in those areas of the Commonwealth where many children are eligible for free or reduced price school meals.

The following publications contain additional helpful information to learn more about SFSP: 

How to Get Involved

  • Become a Sponsor
  • Operate a Summer Food Site
  • Be a Meal Vendor
  • Volunteer to Help a Sponsor or Site
    • If your organization cannot take on the responsibilities of a sponsor or a site, you can partner with a sponsor to provide activities that make summer fun, such as:  Arts and Crafts, Mentoring, Dramatics, Computers, Tutoring, Kite Flying, Athletics, Games, Music, Reading, Coaching, Life Skills, Gardening, Cooking, Swimming, Entertainment,

The Summer Food Service Program operates under the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 225.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, becoming a sponsor, meal site, volunteering or vendor, contact:
Mary Ringenberg, Education Administration Specialist
Phone: 1.800.331.0129 Ext. 125 l Fax 717.783.6566


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