Bureau of Food Distribution
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Hunger does not take a vacation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that children in needy areas continue to receive a nutritious meal during school vacations.

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% 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 a :

  • 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 be eligible to receive commodities, a sponsor must be approved by the Florida Department of Education <www.fldoe.org> for participation in the SFSP. Once approved, the sponsor can apply to DACS for participation in the commodity program. A sponsor's commodity entitlement is based on the average daily number (ADP) of lunches served by the sponsor. Because commodities are ordered and allocated at the same time as for NSLP, in the spring for the summer of the following year, a sponsor must have an agreement with DACS at the time the commodities are being ordered in order to receive commodities. 

The USDA Summer Food Service Program


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