What is the summer food program?
The program provides nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunches or snacks to needy children regardless of race, color, creed, sex, disability, or national origin during the summer recess. T
he Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is state-administered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness (FNW). The Summer Food Service Program is open to children up to age 18 residing in geographical areas where 50% or more of the children qualify for free or reduced price meals during the regular school year.
The intent of the SFSP is to bridge the gap in nutrition during the summer months by serving nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger while school is not in session.
What meals are usually served?
Summer Food Service Program sites serve nutritionally balanced meals that meet USDA guidelines. All lunches include:
- 1 serving of milk
- 2 servings of fruits and/or vegetables
- 1 serving of grains
- 1 serving of protein
The SFSP is designed to ensure that children have access to the nutritious meals they need to grow, learn and play during the summer months and to help ensure their bodies and minds are healthy and strong for the upcoming school year. Children need healthy food all year long in order to grow and learn. During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price meals through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. When school lets out for the summer, many of these children are at risk of hunger or poor nutrition