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Summer Food Service Program Benefits

Program Description

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

General Program Requirements

All children and youth (age 18 and under) who come to an approved food service site are eligible to receive free meals.

At certain sites, such as residential camps, benefits are available only to children whose families meet the income standard for free or reduced-price meals. You can find out what the maximum income limits for eligibility are on Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) School Meals "Income Eligibility Guidelines" page.

Children who participate in certain other programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Head Start or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and children who are migrant, runaway, or homeless are automatically eligible for free meals.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply, contact your local administering agency. Please visit the Summer Meal Site Finder, and search for your state's local agency.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit Summer Food Service Program's homepage.

Additional Information

Entities Eligible for Grant Assistance: Federally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal/Non-Native Entities
Current Method of Tribal Eligibility: Program not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Funding Type: Mandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.559
Matching Funds Required: No