Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors are required to comply with program requirements established by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Resources to assist sponsors with menu planning, food production, meal pattern compliance, food safety and sanitation, and special dietary needs are located on this page. Sample forms are available for use in maintaining records to document compliance with USDA meal pattern requirements. The Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC) offers model summer food menus.
For information on special diets, visit the Special Dietary Needs and Infants page.
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) link provides sponsors with information on state food safety and sanitation requirements as well as information on certification of food managers, which is required in most food establishments.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA memos on Food Service Operations are provided below.
- Smoothies Offered in Child Nutrition Programs (SFSP 10-2014)
- Summer Food Service Program Questions and Answers 2014 (SFSP 09-2014). Q&As on site eligibility, site and sponsor approval, financial management, camps, procurement, offer versus serve, meal service and program access.
- Meal Service Requirements (SFSP 08-2014). Meal service time, number and type of reimbursable meals, offer versus serve option, meals served to adults, leftover meals, taking meal components offsite.
- Promoting Nutrition in Summer Meals (SFSP 04-2014). Includes SFSP Meal Pattern for Children under Six and Teens.
- Guidance Related to the ADA Amendments Act (broadens definition of "disability") (SFSP 12-2013)
- Guidance on the Food Donation Program in Child Nutrition Programs (SFSP 07-2012)
- Serving Additional Foods in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP 06-2012). Allowable use of program funds to serve additional foods that are not needed to meet meal pattern requirements.
- Q&As: Milk Substitution for Children with Medical or Special Dietary Needs (Non-Disability) (SFSP 05-2010)