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COVID-19 Information for Child Nutrition Programs


Find 2021 operational updates for SFSP on the Materials & Resources Page!



The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to low-income children during school vacations. More than 26 million children eat school lunch every day when school is in session, and about half of them receive their meals free or at a reduced price due to low household income. The summer program offers those children nutritious food when school is not in session. 

Who is Eligible to Apply:

  • Public or private nonprofit school food authorities;
  • Public or private nonprofit summer camps;
  • Units of local, municipal, county, tribal or State governments;
  • Public or private colleges or universities which are currently participating in the National Youth Sports and Precollege Programs; and
  • Private nonprofit organizations (special considerations and restrictions apply).

Amount of Funds Available:
The SFSP is a reimbursement program. The actual amount earned by a sponsor is based on the number of meals served, by type, and in some cases, the individual income eligibility of the child served.  

Application Due Date:
Applications will open for updates in January 2021.  The federal deadline for submission is June 15th for summer operation.

Public Notification SFSP Waiver Requests:
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Waiver Requests - January 2, 2020

Joint Notice for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Waiver Requests - March 11, 2020

USDA Proposed Rule: Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) - Comments requested by March 23, 2020.

On January 23, 2020, the USDA issued a proposed rule that amends the SFSP regulations to strengthen program integrity by codifying in regulations changes that have been tested through policy guidance and by streamlining requirements among Child Nutrition Programs. These changes update important definitions, simplify the application process, enhance monitoring requirements, and provide more discretion at the State agency level to manage program operations. The intended effect of this rulemaking is to clarify, simplify, and streamline program administration in order to facilitate compliance with program requirements.

Specific areas of interest to sponsors include changes to:

  • Site Monitoring Requirements
  • Offer Versus Serve
  • Meal Service Time Restrictions
  • Off-site Consumption of Food Items
  • Media Release Requirements

Changes outlined in the Proposed Rule do NOT affect SFSP 2020.

For more information, contact:
Amy J. Kolano, RD, CD
Summer Food Service Program Coordinator
Phone: 608.266.7124





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