Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)


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 regarding the Summer Food Service Program, please contact a member of the Child Nutrition staff. 

2023 Reimbursement Rates

  Rural & Self-Prep All Other Types of Sites
Breakfast 2.825 2.7725
Lunch or Supper 4.95 4.87
Snack 1.1675 1.14



Instructional Videos

Completing the Sponsor Info Sheet (18:00)
Completing the Sponsor Budget (12:00)
Completing the Site Info Sheet (27:00)
Completing checklist documents and submitting the application for DOE approval (4:00)
Ordering USDA Foods for Summer 2022 in CNPWeb (30:00)
Completing the Sponsor Claim (11:00)

Annual Application Packet Reference Guide (pdf)

CNPWeb User Entry Form

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?
Sites located in the following Maine counties are considered “Urban”
All other counties are considered Rural

Using school data to qualify your SFSP site
School Free/Reduced Eligibility from October Survey, this report refences the Schools 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 the attendance area of that school.
October Survey with Site Numbers

Using Census Data to qualify a site
It is recommended to try to qualify the site using school data before census. 
To check your sites eligibility using census, type in the address of the site into the Census Mapper: The site must show 50% or more eligibility to qualify (shows as pink in 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 that has at least 40% Free/Reduced eligibility. Please contact DOE child nutrition to help with census averaging.




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

SFSP, SSO, NSLP Comparison Chart
SFSP, SSO, NSLP Decision Tree
What Summer Meals Program Can I Operate? 


Pre-Operational Planning

Summer graphics are available, please contact Paula,, to request a flash drive with the SFSP graphics.



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



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

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