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. 

Summer 2022

Training Requirement

2022 SFSP Updates
2022 SFSP Updates (pdf)

Summer Food Service Program Online Training
How to Take a Maine Bright Track Course
Training Access Code: maine111

Course Topic Required for Experienced Sponsors? Required for New Sponsors?
Maine-170 SFSP Annual Refresher Training 2022 Yes No
Maine -100 Planning and Administering the SFSP 2022 Recommended for those that want a more thorough refresher; this can substitute Maine-170 Yes
Maine-171 Supporting SFSP Record Keeping Excellence Recommended Yes
Maine-176 Boosting Menu Appeal in the SFSP Recommended Recommended
Maine-175 Improving Food Safety at SFSP Sites Recommended Yes
Maine-174 Promoting and Marketing the Summer Meals Program Recommended Recommended
Maine-173 Budgeting for SFSP Success Recommended Yes
Maine-172 Exploring the Purchasing of Meals for SFSP Recommended for those purchasing vended meals Recommended for those purchasing vended meals



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.



2022 COVID-19 Waivers - If COVID-19 is impacting your summer 2022 operations, two waivers may be requested to accommodate your program

2022 SFSP KKFA Waiver Request Form
(non-congregate, parent/guardian pick-up, and meal time flexibility

ME 2022-2023 Waivers Final


 2022 Reimbursement Rates


Rural & Self-Prep

All Other Types of Sites




Lunch or Supper








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

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


Pre-Operational Planning
During Operations

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
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


    Policy and Procedures of Maine DOE Child Nutrition

    Summer Appeals Policy and Procedure
    Serious Deficiency Summer