Food and Nutrition

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School Nutrition Program (SNP)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and After School Care Program. USDA provides cash reimbursement to public schools, private nonprofit schools and residential child care institutions for nutritious meals and snacks served to children in preschool through grade 12 at a minimal cost. 
Families may apply for meals served free or at a reduced price based on the income level of the household. Residential child care institutions and juvenile correctional facilities may serve meals to children and youth 20 years of age or younger. Reimbursement for snacks served to children in afterschool programs is based on the income level of the households living in the local area or the enrolled children. Learn more about the School Nutrition Program.
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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program administered by the Nutrition, Health and Youth Development Division at MDE. The CACFP provides payments for meals and snacks served at Adult Care Centers, Child Care Centers, Day Care Homes, At-Risk Afterschool Care Centers and Emergency Shelters. Meals and snacks must meet minimum guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 
The CACFP helps institutions and daycare homes serve well-balanced, nutritious meals and snacks to the participants in their care. Serving nutritious meals and snacks contributes to the wellness, healthy growth and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults. Learn more about the CACFP and At-Risk Afterschool Meals.
Resources for Parents and Providers provides information for parents and child care providers regarding the Child and Adult Care Food Program for family child care.
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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a USDA child nutrition program administered by the Nutrition, Health and Youth Development Division at MDE. This program provides cash reimbursement to sponsoring schools and non-profit organizations that serve nutritious meals and snacks at sites that meet eligibility requirements. Reimbursement is provided for meals served to children, age 18 and under, when school is not in session. The program operates primarily during the summer months, but year-round schools may also receive reimbursement through this program during school breaks. Learn more about the Summer Food Program.


Looking for a meal site?

It's important that parents know where to find an open summer site. To find an SFSP site near you, call the United Way 2-1-1 hotline or from cell phones in the metro area: 651-291-0211, outstate: 800-543-7709, TTU: 651-291-8440.

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School and Community Food and Nutrition Programs Help Keep Kids Healthy and Ready to Learn