Summer Food Service

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 to achieve!

The Minnesota Department of Education seeks additional sponsors for underserved communities needing summer meal sites. Interested organizations may also become a meal site under a local sponsor. More details are provided below in the SFSP Questions and Answers memo.

Why serve summer meals? Check out this inspiring video!

Interested in participating?
  • Schools and nonprofit organizations that did not participate in SFSP last year, but want to be a sponsor this summer, should watch for a link to the 2021 SFSP Interest Survey, which will be posted by March 2021.
Looking for a meal site? Use these resources to find an SFSP site near you:
  • Download the Free Meals for Kids app provided by Hunger Impact Partners to your phone or device.
  • Call the 2-1-1 Hotline or from cell phones – Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 1-800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
  • Call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151, available from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Central Time.
  • Text "Food" to 877-877. Spanish speakers, text "comida" to 877-877.
Do you want to serve meals outside of the school day during the school year? Visit the At-Risk program page.

Links to SFSP information, including an outreach toolkit, grants and other program resources, are available under Related Resources.

Read the nondiscrimination statement.

Program Regulations and Guidance

Current program regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are available on the U.S. Government Printing Office website. Program Guidance is available in the program handbooks, which are updated annually and made available on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

Find U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) memos in the left navigation menu.

  • 2021 Summer Food Service Program Fact Sheet - 1/12/21
    Key facts about participation, funding, eligibility and more for the Summer Food Service Program.
  • Key Tasks and Recordkeeping Requirements - SFSP - 6/5/20
    Summarizes key tasks and recordkeeping requirements for the Summer Food Service Program.
  • Farm to Summer Week Fact Sheet - 6/3/20
    July 27-31, 2020 is Farm to Summer week in Minnesota, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the state between kids and teens and local food. Learn how your sponsor and sites can participate.
  • Out-of-School Time Meal Options - 10/17/17
    This document explains Child Nutrition Programs that are available to organizations (sponsors) interested in serving meals and snacks to children outside of the school day.