Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school. SFSP helps children to maintain a nutritious diet and helps their families to stretch their food dollars during the summer months.

The SFSP is administered in local communities by approved sponsors, including school districts, local government agencies, camps, or private nonprofit organizations. These sponsors provide free meals to children at a central site – such as a school or community center – and receive payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help offset their costs.

Children 18 years and younger, who would normally receive free or reduced-cost school lunches or breakfast when school is in session, are eligible. Meals and snacks are also available for people over the age of 18 who have disabilities, and who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.

At most locations, children receive either one or two meals per day. Camps and sites that serve primarily migrant children may be approved to provide three meals per day to each child.