Summer Food Service Program for Texas

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in Food/Nutrition
December 19, 2018


The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals to children who might otherwise go hungry when the school year has ended or is closed. The meals are usually provided along with educational or recreational activities. The program reimburses contractors who serve meals that meet certain nutritional standards to children.


Summer Food Service Program for Texas is administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Program Requirements:

There are no eligibility requirements for children eating at open feeding sites in geographic areas where 50 percent or more of the local children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Programs. However, there are three additional types of sites that may be operated: (1) An Enrolled site where at least half of the enrolled children must be eligible for free or reduced price school meals; (2) A Residential summer camp that offers regularly scheduled food services as part of it's organized programs for enrolled children; and (3) A nonresidential day camp that offers cultural or recreational programs for enrolled children between meal services.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,459
2 $30,451
3 $38,443
4 $46,435
5 $54,427
6 $62,419
7 $70,411
8 $78,403

*For households with more than eight people, add $7,992 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Application Details

To apply for your state's child nutrition program, please visit the Texas Summer Food Service Application page. 

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