Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Food Distribution Programs

Summer Food Service Program

Kid eating lunch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that children in needy areas continue to receive a nutritious meal during the summer when school is not in session.  Free meals are provided to all children at approved “open” or “enrolled” SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children. Open sites serve children in geographical areas where at least 50 percent of the local children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Enrolled sites serve only identified groups of children on a daily basis. Attendance at these sites is restricted to a specific group of children. In order to qualify as an SFSP sponsor, an organization must be:

-- Public or private non-profit school food authority.
-- Public or private non-profit college or university.
-- Public or private non-profit residential summer camp.
-- Unit of local, county, municipal, state, or federal government; or
-- Any other type of private, non-profit organization. (These organizations are limited by law as to the total number and location of their sites and the maximum number of participants they may serve.)

To participate in SFSP, potential sponsors should contact the Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness. That web site is listed below.

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Contact Us About the Summer Food Service Program

Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Bureau of Food Distribution
407 South Calhoun Street
The Mayo Building, M39
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800

Cathy Quick, Bureau Chief
(850) 617-7170
(850) 617-7171 Fax

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