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 in 2018 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 do want to be a sponsor this summer should complete this interest survey for more information.
  • Sites that wish to offer meals should view this list to find a sponsor, contact their local school district or our office.

New this year - SFSP sponsor training is available through interactive online courses!
Access online SFSP training courses on the Training webpage.
A few in-person workshops will also be offered, but if you take the online courses, you don't need to attend an in-person workshop! A registration link for the in-person workshops is available on the SFSP Training webpage.

Looking for a meal site? Use these resources to find an SFSP site near you:
  • Download the Summer Eats Minnesota app to your phone or device.
  • Call the 2-1-1 Hotline or from cell phones – metro area: 651-291-0211, outstate: 800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
  • Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-HAMBRE, available from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Central Time.
  • Text "Summer Meals" to 97779. Spanish speakers, text "Verano" to 97779.
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 USDA 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.

  • 2018 Summer Food Service Program Fact Sheet - 2/26/18
    Key facts about participation, funding, eligibility and more for the Summer Food Service Program.
  • Listserv Subscribe/Unsubscribe Form - 4/11/12
    E-mail listservs are used to communicate important and late-breaking program information to customers. Complete and submit form to be included on FNS listservs for indicated Child Nutrition Programs.
  • 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.