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Returning Sponsors - Summer Food Service Program 2019

Welcome Back - The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) would like to thank you for your past participation and once again ask for your support through sponsorship of the SFSP in 2019!

Food Insecurity is a Summer Long Problem - Let's increase the number of days a child is offered meals through the Summer Food Service Program this year. Brainstorm and create partnerships with other organizations in your community to get the job done. The USDA Capacity Builder Map can assist you in identifying areas of need and potential partners in your community. If you need assistance or ideas in finding partner organizations, please contact me!

Grant Opportunities - Check out Share Our Strength, Center for Best Practices

2019 To-Do List for Sponsors

Eligible Areas for 2019 

School Free/Reduced Data - Please see the Wisconsin School Free/Reduced Eligibility Data - October 2018. A SFSP open or enrolled site is eligible for the SFSP if it is located within the attendance area of a school that has 50% or more of its enrolled children eligible for free and reduced price meals. 

Although the School Free/Reduced Data provided is from September, sponsors may use data from ANY month during the school year to qualify! Remember that SFSP sites can be any location suitable for meal service, including High Schools and Middle Schools as long as the site is within the attendance area of a school that qualifies.  Eligibility can carry over for 5 years, if needed.

Census data estimates are collected annually by the US Census Bureau. Use the online Capacity Builder Map to determine if your site(s) are located in a census tract that qualifies!  Census data can also be used for a period of 5 years without the need to re-qualify the site(s).

Camp sites that need to collect household-size income statements - be sure you are using the most current forms. Visit the SFSP Materials and Resources webpage to download the latest parent letter and household size-income statement.

Program Materials & Resources – All SFSP Materials and Resources can be found online:  Items noted with 'Updated 2019' have been recently revised.  Returning sponsors attending a Pop-up session will receive the updated resources at the sessions and can update their printed version of the Guide to Operating the SFSP (orange binder) that was received in 2018.  Sponsors choosing to complete the E-Learning course only are responsible for updating their own Guide (orange binder).  Those attending the New Agency/Personnel training will receive a complete Guide at training.   

SFSP Training - Registration is now open!  All sponsors must select at least one training opportunity listed below (pop-up session, new agency/personnel or E-Learning course) by February 15th.

Pop-up Sessions for Returning Sponsors – SAME FORMAT AS 2018; THESE ARE NOT GROUP ‘SIT-DOWN’ TYPE TRAININGS These sessions will be an open time period (no formal presentation) where returning sponsors can 'pop-in' to receive program updates, the latest resources from DPI and USDA, and receive one-on-one training with the DPI SFSP consultants. We'll be there to help you plan your 2019 program, assist with identifying community partners and potential sites for expansion, provide the latest and greatest outreach materials, and answer specific questions you may have. Each location will provide the same information; choose the one most convenient to you!

New Agency/Personnel Training -This full day group training will provide a comprehensive review of the SFSP administrative and operational requirements. Topics covered will include site eligibility, meal service requirements, production planning, procurement, site training and monitoring, civil rights requirements, meal counting, claiming, and financial management. An overview of the application process will also be provided. Although this training is designed for new sponsors, returning sponsors with new administrative staff and any sponsor personnel that wish to attend a more traditional group training, may also register. 

E-Learning Course - If not attending a Pop-up or the New Agency/Personnel Training, you are required to register for the E-Learning Course - Register Now

  • Once registered, you can review the course any time prior to the start of your Program.
  • This web-based course can be accessed on your PC, laptop, tablet, and cell phone 24/7.
  • No special access passwords or codes needed.
  • Staff can train on topics related to their job.
  • A certificate of training is available when finished with each lesson.

Application Process 

The 2019 On-Line Application will open March 1st, 2019

Application Due Dates

  • April 12th – if ordering USDA Foods (commodities) and/or requesting an advance payment
  • May 10th –  if NOT ordering USDA Foods and/or requesting an advance payment

Enter SFSP Contract Information

SFSP Internet Application Manual

Agreement/Policy Statement - PI-1482-AP Summer Food Service Program - for non-school sponsors only  Returning non-school sponsors that have a change in the Authorized Representative of the Program are required to complete this form.

For more information, please contact Amy Kolano, SFSP Coordinator at 608-266-7124 or e-mail:

Summer Food Service Program Home Page

Summer Food Service Program Materials and Resources

For questions about this information, contact Amy Kolano (608) 266-7124