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Eligibility

Summer Food Program site participation may involve an area eligibility determination process. Household eligibility forms and letters, family size/income guidelines, instructions and question-and-answer documents are available to help sites determine eligibility.

The Data Center has interactive and static eligibility maps available under MAPS to help determine if sites are area eligible based on school or census data. If your site is not area eligible, contact our office for help with using other methods to qualify a site. View the Interactive Eligibility Map-Summer Food to determine if your site qualifies for participation. Note: Select "Hybrid" to verify the accuracy of the point and validate that the correct location is indicated on the map.

HUD and USDA-RD Subsidized Housing and SFSP Eligible Areas

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and USDA Rural Development (USDA-RD) have joined with MDE to expand summer meals across the state in areas of large, multi-family housing. They seek sponsors for these sites to provide meals to the children who live in the area.

To identify eligible housing areas across the state, visit the HUD Map. The Housing Authority Documentation of Eligibility form may also be used to qualify sites.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA memos and resources on Eligibility are provided below; see the link to USDA Policy Memos for a complete set.

  • Approval/Denial of Household Income Statements Procedure - 4/25/19
    Requirement for camps and enrolled sites that are not area eligible to distribute the HIS packet to enrolled children. Procedure for sponsoring organizations to review and approve forms.
  • Public School List with Percentage of Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Students from School Year 2018-19 - 4/16/19
    To be used to identify schools that have 50% or more free and reduced students qualifying the school as eligible based on school data. Eligibility applies to the 2020 Program Year for the Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer Program (May 2019-April 2020), Afterschool Snack (July 2019-June 2020), and the Child and Adult Care Food (October 2019-September 2020). Family Day Care Home eligibility is re-determined in February 2019 using this data.
  •  - 8/13/18
    Requirements for using the option to approve Household Income Statement forms with an effective date in the month that the adult household member signed the form.
  • Household Income Statement and Income Eligibility Guidelines - 7/13/18
    Household letter, instructions and Household Income Statement form for distribution to households at enrolled sites (not area eligible) and camps.
  • Census Block Eligibility Form - 5/31/18
    This form needs to be completed by sponsors who are hoping to become program eligible based on census data from adjacent block groups.

Summer Food Program Meal of Sandwich, Salad and Fruit
Summer Food Program Site Participation May Involve an Area Eligibility Determination Process

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