Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Everyone wins with the SFSP!!
This short video shows the Summer Food Service Program in
action in Pennsylvania.
- Children in low-income areas have free nutritious meals.
- The parents of the children stretch food dollars when children receive meals
in the summer.
- Your organization receives federal money for providing meals.
- Children return to school in the fall ready to learn after eating nutritious
meals during summer vacation.
Research has determined that federally funded meals are an effective
tool for reducing obesity among lower income children. All of the meals
and snacks served through the Summer Nutrition Programs must meet
federal nutrition standards. The meals served through the SFSP require
servings of grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables, and milk.
Established since 1975, the 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 publication contains additional helpful information to learn more about SFSP:
Want to Help?
- Become a Sponsor
- Operate a Site
- Volunteer to Help
- 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, and Entertainment
For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, becoming a sponsor, meal site, volunteering or vendor, contact:
Phone: 1.800.331.0129 l Fax 717.783.6566
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