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. Meals are provided at no cost to all children 18 and under at approved SFSP sites, primarily in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

General Program Requirements

All children (age 18 and under) are eligible to receive free meals at approved, area eligible SFSP sites. To determine if a site is area eligible, please see the FNS Area Eligibility Mapper.

Persons over 18 years of age who are determined to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in a public or nonprofit school program for the mentally or physically disabled may also participate in the SFSP.

At certain sites, such as residential camps, benefits are available only to children from households meeting the income standard for free or reduced-price meals. Maximum income limits for eligibility are available on the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) School Meals Income Eligibility Guidelines webpage.

Children who participate in certain Federal means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Head Start or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and migrant, runaway, homeless, and foster children, 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

Potential applicants may contact their State agency to learn more. Contact information is available on the FNS SFSP Contacts webpage.

Program Contact Information

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

To find specific FNS contacts, visit FNS's Contact Us page.

Additional Information

Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal/Non-Native Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Funding TypeMandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.559
Matching Funds RequiredNo

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