Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.
In Minnesota during summer 2012, more than 130 schools and organizations operated almost 600 SFSP sites and served over 2.2 million meals to children 18 and under. Despite this effort, only about 15 percent of needy children are reached with summer meals.
The Minnesota Department of Education seeks additional sponsors for underserved communities needing summer meal sites. Many sponsors combine a meal program with a summer educational or recreational activity program. Interested organizations may also become a meal site under a local sponsor or volunteer by transporting food, setting up or cleaning up a site, serving meals, organizing an activity, or sharing information about meal sites with families. More details are provided in the SFSP Frequently Asked Questions.
Interested schools and nonprofit organizations may register their interest by submitting the Interest Survey-New Participants.
Renewing sponsors should submit their Declaration of Intent to Participate annually by March 1.
Related offsite resources include links to SFSP handbooks, memos and regulations, outreach toolkit, grants and other program resources. Subscribe to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) listserv to receive important and timely information on FNS topics.
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If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Current program regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), are available on the U.S. Government Printing Office website.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA SFSP memos are provided below; for a complete set, use the link to USDA Policy Memos.