Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.
In Minnesota during summer 2014, approximately 170 schools and organizations operated nearly 700 SFSP sites and served close to 2.4 million meals to children 18 and under. Despite this effort, only 15 percent of needy children are reached with summer meals.
The Minnesota Department of Education seeks additional sponsors for underserved communities needing summer meal sites. Many sponsors combine a meal program with a summer educational or recreational activity program. Interested organizations may also become a meal site under a local sponsor or volunteer by transporting food, setting up or cleaning up a site, serving meals, organizing an activity, or sharing information about meal sites with families. More details are provided below in the SFSP Questions and Answers memo.
Do you want to continue to serve meals outside the school day during the school year? Visit the At-Risk program page.
Looking for a meal site?
It’s important that parents know where summer sites are in their neighborhoods so they can get healthy, free meals to their children. Use these resources to find an SFSP site near you:
Read the nondiscrimination statement.
Current program regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), are available on the U.S. Government Printing Office website.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA SFSP memos are provided below; for a complete set, use the link to USDA Policy Memos.