Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

To find a summer meals site near you, click on this link and follow the directions http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

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. 

Preparing for Summer 2021

First of All…

What do you need? We are planning our promotional material orders for upcoming summers (think lawn signs, rack cards, magnets, etc.) and want to order those that work best. Please email Adriane.ackroyd@maine.gov with suggestions of summer marketing materials/signage.

Waivers

COVID-19 waivers that are currently in place and were in place during summer 2020 expire June 30, 2021. More information to come as we get it, including any updates on waiver extensions.

2021 SFSP Application

The 2021 Application is available now in NEO. Sponsors who plan to operate during the summer months can begin their application and site information sheets now. Anyone currently operating SFSP will be able to edit and add site information sheets as needed to accommodate changes in operations.

Training Requirements for the 2021 SFSP 

Sponsors are required to be trained annually. By reviewing the Civil Rights training and SFSP training, these requirements will be met. We will be able to access an attendance log to confirm which sponsors have attended the live webinars and we will be following up with those who weren’t able to take the live trainings to confirm requirements were met. All trainings were recorded and are posted on the Summer Food Service Page of our website.


 

Summer 2021

July 1, 2021-September 30, 2021 Summer Food Service Program Waiver Reporting Form - Sponsors must complete this form to operate under any of the USDA Nationwide waivers during Summer 2021 operations.
Opt-in Waiver Webinar (15:00) SY 21

Open Meal Sites in 2021

2021 Summer Application and Site Information Sheets Webinar

2021 SFSP Application Guide
2021 Site Info Sheet Guide 

Sponsor Desk Monitoring

Experienced Summer Sponsor Training (60:00)
Experienced Summer Sponsor Training (pdf)
New Summer Sponsor Training (1:30) 
New Summer Sponsor Training (pdf)
SFSP Meal Pattern and Menu Ideas (30:00)
SFSP Meal Pattern and Menu Ideas (pdf)
SFSP Promotion and Harvest of the Month (45:00)
SFSP Promotion and Harvest of the Month (pdf)
SFSP Camp Sponsors Training (60:00)
SFSP Camp Sponsors Training (pdf)
 

Summer 2021 Training Handouts

2021 Daily Meal Count Instructions
2021 SFSP Application Guide
2021 SFSP Reimbursement Rates and Income Guidelines
2021 SFSP Websites
2021 Sample News Release for Enrolled Sites and Camps
2021 Sample News Release for Opened Sites
Agreement to Furnish Food Service for SFSP
Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals
Bulk Meals Guidance
Complaint Data Form
Consolidated Meal Count Form for Camps
Consolidated Meal Count Form for Open Sites
Daily Meal Count Form 2021
Instructions for Completing Application 2021
Lunch-Supper Production Record (doc)
Lunch-Supper Production Record (pdf)
Meal Count Worksheet for Camps
Monthly Meal Count Record - Camps
Monthly Meal Count Record - Open site
Procedure for Filing Complaints of Discrimination
Racial Ethnic Data Form Instructions
Racial or Ethnic Data Form
Sample Letter to Parents for Enrolled Sites and Camps
SFSP Outreach in the Community
SFSP OVS Meal Service Guidelines
SFSP Sample Menus and Recipes
SFSP Sponsor Site Agreement
SFSP Training Checklist
SFSP Temperature Check Log
SFSP Meal Production Record - Breakfast (doc)
SFSP Meal Production Record - Breakfast (pdf)
Site Monitoring Review
Sponsor Desk Monitoring
Summer Meal Pattern Summary

 

Summer 2020 
Training Sessions
COVID-19 SFSP Resources
During Operations
Filing a Claim for Reimbursement
Meal Pattern and Supporting Resources
Pre-Operational Planning

Enrichment Activities for Summer Meals

 2021 Reimbursement Rates

 

Rural & Self-Prep

All Other Types of Sites

Breakfast

2.4625

2.4150

Lunch or Supper

4.3175

4.2500

Snack

1.0200

0.9975

 

 2020 Reimbursement Rates

 

Rural & Self-Prep

All Other Types of Sites

Breakfast

2.3750

2.3300

Lunch or Supper

4.1525

4.0875

Snack

0.9775

0.9950

Pre-Operational Planning
During Operations
Filing a Claim for Reimbursement
Guidance
Limited English Proficiency Resources

Summer Meals Rack Cards - Arabic (pdf)
Summer Meals Rack Cards - Arabic (PowerPoint)
Summer Meals Rack Cards - French (pdf)
Summer Meals Rack Cards - French (PowerPoint)
Summer Meals Rack Cards - Portuguese (pdf)
Summer Meals Rack Cards - Portuguese (PowerPoint)
Summer Meals Rack Cards - Somali (pdf)
Summer Meals Rack Cards - Somali (PowerPoint)

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

Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas and Recipes

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

Hummus Power Pack
Milk

 

Chef Salad Shaker
w/ Croutons
Milk
Turkey & Cheese
Wrap

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

Banana Chocolate
Chip Muffin

Milk

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

w/ Pretzels
or
Graham Crackers
Yogurt Dip
w/ Fruit

 

 

Outreach and Promotion Suggestions
Policy and Procedures of Maine DOE Child Nutrition
Seamless Summer Option

The Seamless Summer Option offers a streamlined approach to feeding hungry children in your community by limiting paperwork. School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the NSLP or SBP are eligible to apply.

  • Comparison of Programs SFSP/NSLP/Seamless Option link to USDA; compares various Child Nutrition summer meal programs; used to inform and encourage more School Food Authorities (SFAs) to provide meals in the summer and other times when school is not in session.
Waivers
Webinars

 

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