Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
What is the Summer Food Service Program?
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. SFSP sponsors must provide the program to all eligible participants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The program serves children 18 and younger in communities of need.
How does it Work?
There are three main players involved: State agencies, sponsors, and sites.
- State agencies administer the program and communicate with USDA.
- Sponsors enter into agreements with State agencies to run the program. Schools, local government agencies, camps, faith-based and other non-profit community organizations that have the ability to manage a food service program may be SFSP sponsors. Sponsors get reimbursed by the Program and may manage multiple sites.
- Sites are places in the community where children receive meals in a safe and supervised environment. Sites may be located in a variety of settings, including schools, parks, community centers, health clinics, hospitals, apartment complexes, churches, and migrant centers. Sites work directly with sponsors.
How Can I Participate?
- Contact VDOE to see if you can become a sponsor or a site that serves summer meals. The State agency will help to see if you are located in an eligible area that can serve summer meals and connect you with a sponsor organization.
- Promote the Summer Meals Program to your community. Put up flyers and door hangers with information on where free meals are being served to help families find a nearby Summer Meals site.
- Provide fun activities for the kids and teens at sites to keep them coming back!
- Volunteer to help serve or transport meals for organizations that are involved in the Summer Meals Program.
VDOE cannot accept applications for the SFSP after June 15, 2018.
- Sponsors Requesting a June Advance – Must submit a complete request by May 2 to be approved for a June 1 advance.
- Sponsors Requesting a July Advance – Must submit a complete request by June 15 to be approved for a July 15 advance.
- Sponsors Requesting an August Advance – Must submit a complete request by July 16 to be approved for an August 15 advance.
Annual training is mandatory for new and returning organizations (schools are exempted from this requirement but are encouraged to attend)
Summer Food Service Program Trainings
*All dates, times, and locations are subject to change.
|1||April 10, 2018||Chesterfield Office of Food and Nutrition Services
7610 Whitepine Road
Chesterfield, VA 23237
|2||March 22, 2018||Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
800 Tidewater Drive
Norfolk, VA 23504
|April 12, 2018||Essex County School Board
109 Cross Street
Tappahannock, VA 22560
|4||April 11, 2018||Kettle Run High School
7403 Academic Ave, Room 310
Nokesville, VA 20181
|5||April 10, 2018||Staunton City Schools
116 West Beverly Street
Staunton, VA 24401
|6||April 13, 2018||Ruffner Professional Development and Operations Center
3601 Ferncliff Ave
Roanoke, VA 24017
|7||April 12, 2018||Washington County Schools Central Office
812 Thompson Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210
|8||April 11, 2018||Nottoway High School
5267 Old Nottoway Road
Crewe, Virginia 23930
Interested in learning more? Contact us at (804) 786-0178 or Courtney.Jones@doe.virginia.gov.