The 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 36,000 eligible children received free or reduced-price school meals during FY13, and only about 4,000 children participated in 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.
SFSP Public Service Announcement
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.
- 2015 SFSP Reimbursement Rates - word
- 2015 SFSP Claim Calendar - word
- 2015 SFSP Administrative Guidance for Sponsors - pdf
- 2015 SFSP Site Supervisor’s Guide - pdf
- 2015 SFSP Monitor’s Guide - pdf
- 2015 SFSP Nutrition Guidance - pdf
- 2015 Free and Reduced Price Eligibility Report - excel
- Everyone Wins with Summer Food - pdf
- Four Ways to Participate - pdf
- Summer Food Service Options for School Districts - word
- 2015 Comparison of Summer Food, School Lunch and Seamless Summer Option - word
SFSP Regulations require that all sponsors annually attend State Agency training, and they must train all administrative staff and site staff before they undertake their responsibilities.
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, Child Nutrition Programs provides Summer Food Service Program training each spring. New and Returning Sponsors will be notified annually (usually in January) when training dates have been established. Training sessions are offered in Anchorage and via distance delivery (teleconference).