Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

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The Summer Food Service Program was established to ensure low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. Free meals that meet the federal nutritional guidelines are provided to all children 18 years old and younger at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

Schools may review the Seamless Summer Option to reduce paperwork and streamline the management of your program.

If you have questions about the Summer Food Service Program, please contact a member of the Child Nutrition staff. 

2024 Reimbursement Rates

  Rural & Self-Prep All Other Types of Sites
Breakfast 2.9775 2.9225
Lunch or Supper 5.2125 5.1300
Snack 1.2350 1.2050



Instructional Videos

SFSP Management Plan Overview
Completing the Sponsor Info Sheet 
Completing the Sponsor Budget 
Completing the Site Information Sheet 
Completing checklist documents and applying for DOE approval
Ordering USDA Foods for Summer in CNPWeb 
Completing the Sponsor Claim 

Annual Application Packet Reference Guide (pdf)

CNPWeb New Site Entry & Old Site Deactivation Form
(Adding & removing sites in your Application Packet)

Resources for SFSP Site Info Sheets in CNPweb

Is your Site Urban or Rural?
If your site address is in the green area of the USDA Rural Eligibility Map, it is considered "Rural." The rural designation is valid for five years. 

Rural Designation in the Summer Food Service Program

Using school data to qualify your SFSP site
The School Free/Reduced Eligibility from October Survey is a report that references the School's identifying number or “School Site number” that will allow you to use the School’s October Survey (free/reduced enrollment data) to qualify your SFSP site. You can use the site number of a school that is 50% or more free/reduced to qualify the school itself or a site in that school's attendance area.
SY2024 October Survey ED 534 Data

Using Census Data to qualify a site
Trying to qualify the site using school data before the census is recommended. 
To check your site's eligibility using the census, type the site's address into the Census Mapper at The site must show 50% or more eligibility to qualify (it shows as pink on the map).
It is possible to average up to 3 census blocks together as long as the site’s location is in a census block with at least 40% Free/Reduced eligibility. Please contact the DOE child nutrition team for help with census averaging.




What Summer Meals Program to Operate - SFSP, NSLP, SSO

Summer Meal Options for SFAs
SFSP, SSO, NSLP Comparison Chart
SFSP, SSO, NSLP Decision Tree


Pre-Operational Planning




Limited English Proficiency Resources

Summer Meal Pattern Summary - Arabic (pdf)
Summer Meal Pattern Summary - Arabic (Word)
Summer Meal Pattern Summary - French (pdf)
Summer Meal Pattern Summary - French (Word)
Summer Meal Pattern Summary - Portuguese (pdf)
Summer Meal Pattern Summary - Portuguese (Word)
Summer Meal Pattern Summary - Somali (pdf)
Summer Meal Pattern Summary - Somali (Word)

Menu Planning
Policy and Procedures of Maine DOE Child Nutrition

Complaint Data Form
Procedure for Filing Complaints of Discrimination
Summer Appeals Policy and Procedure
Serious Deficiency Summer

Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack Ideas and Recipes

Breakfast Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast Sushi
Apple Maple Breakfast Bread 
Yogurt Parfait
Wild Main Blueberry
Oat Muffin
Lunch Taco Salad Shaker
w/ Salsa
Tortilla Chips

Hummus Power Pack


Chef Salad Shaker
w/ Croutons
Turkey & Cheese

Mexican Corn Salad
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Tortilla Chips
Cheese Stick
Cherry Tomatoes

Banana Chocolate
Chip Muffin


Polar Berries
(Frozen Grape)
Graham Cracker
Apple Slices
w/ Nut Butter
Brownie Batter

w/ Pretzels
Graham Crackers
Yogurt Dip
w/ Fruit



Please contact a Child Nutrition staff member for more information or questions about the Summer Food Service Program.

Click Here to check out the latest Summer Meals Newsletter from USDA.