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.

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 indicated below, 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 will be recorded and posted on the Summer Food Service Page of our website.

In an effort to be more efficient and effective, we have created multiple virtual training opportunities to consider. The requirements are italicized below. For instance, Camp/Upward Bound sponsors now have their own training.

Civil Rights Training for SFSP Sponsors – Webinar

Required for All (If this training has already been completed in SY 2021, the requirement has been met.)
March 16, 2021
1:00pm

To Register: Click Here

Experienced Summer Sponsor Training – Webinar

Required for All Experienced Non-Camp Sponsors
March 23, 2021
1:00pm

To Register: Click Here

SFSP Meal Pattern & Menu Ideas – Webinar

Required for New SFSP Sponsors and open to all
March 30, 2021
1:00pm

To Register: Click Here

SFSP Promotion & Harvest of the Month – Webinar

Required for New SFSP Sponsors and open to all
April 13, 2021
1:00pm

To Register: Click Here

New Summer Sponsor Training – Webinar

Required for New SFSP Sponsors
April 27, 2021
1:00pm

To Register: Click Here

SFSP Camp Sponsor Training – Webinar

Required for Camp/Upward Bound SFSP Sponsors
May 11, 2021
1:00pm

To Register: Click Here
 

Summer 2021

Open Meal Sites in 2021

2021 Summer Application and Site Information Sheets Webinar

2021 SFSP Application Guide
2021 Site Info Sheet Guide 

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
Menu Planning
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
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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