Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

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

 

Training Requirement & Outreach


2023 Experienced Summer Sponsor Training (pdf)
Civil Rights Training

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

Course Topic Experienced Sponsors  
Maine-179 SFSP Annual Refresher Training 2023 Yes  
Maine -178 Planning and Administering the SFSP 2022 Recommended for those that want a more thorough refresher; this can substitute Maine-179  
Maine-171 Supporting SFSP Record Keeping Excellence Recommended  
Maine-176 Boosting Menu Appeal in the SFSP Recommended  
Maine-175 Improving Food Safety at SFSP Sites Recommended  
Maine-174 Promoting and Marketing the Summer Meals Program Recommended  
Maine-173 Budgeting for SFSP Success Recommended  
Maine-172 Exploring the Purchasing of Meals for SFSP Recommended for those purchasing vended meals  

 


Hot Lunch Summer 
Find a Summer Meal Site Near You!

Hot Lunch Summer Outreach Material, pdf files

Magnet
Rack Card

 

SFSP Outreach in the Community
Customizable Flyer 1 
Customizable Flyer 2 
Community Outreach, Kick-off Events, Canvas Days, Soliciting Donations 
Partnerships for Programming 

Statewide Outreach Report - 2022 (pdf)
Statewide Outreach Presentation - 2022 (pdf)

Statewide Outreach Report - 2021 (pdf)
Statewide Outreach Presentation - 2021 (pdf)

CNPWeb
 

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”
York
Cumberland
Sagadahoc
Penobscot
Androscoggin
All other counties are considered Rural
https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/rural-designations-summer-food-service-program

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: https://www.fns.usda.gov/area-eligibility. 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, paula.nadeau@maine.gov, to request a flash drive with the SFSP graphics.

 

 

Guidance
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
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

 

 

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