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Summer Food Service Program - P2P
What is the Summer Food Service Program?
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas when they are out of school in the summer (Lynchburg City Schools runs June 4 through August 7). The SFSP helps children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow; however, the program only feeds one in six eligible children. This summer, USDA plans to expand and serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.
Map of Summer Food Service Locations - Link to map.
Structure and Funding
- Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Administered by state agency Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), who does all the communication with the USDA.
- Operated locally by approved sponsors (i.e. Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB), Lynchburg City Schools (LCS)). Sponsors enter into an agreement with state agencies to run the program. Sponsors get reimbursed by the program and may manage multiple sites.
- Sites are places in the community where children receive meals.
Who Can Become a Site?
Meal service sites may be in a variety of settings, including schools, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, churches, community centers, day camps, residential summer camps, housing projects, and migrant centers, or on Indian reservations.
If you depend on donations to feed children in the summer, you can use the SFSP as an option for sourcing free meals. Sites must be located in or feeding kids from low-income areas (most churches in Lynchburg are). Even if you are not located in a low-income area, you may still be able to meet the needs of kids who qualify and cannot make it to the concentrated area sites (such as children in rural areas). The facilitator will go over this with you.
How to Get Meals
Sites will need to pick up prepared meals from their sponsor location, which will probably be the closest school.
- Have volunteers to pick up prepared meals
- Feed every child who comes through your doors 18 year and under, no proof of eligibility required
- Provide fun activities for the kids & teens at your site to keep them coming back and to keep them engaged
- Fill out the Daily Meal Count Form for each meal (very basic one sheet)
- Fill out the Temperature Time Delivery Ticket for each meal (very basic one sheet)
Other Ways to Help Our Efforts with the SFSP
- Promote the SFSP to your community.
- Put up flyers and door hangers with information on where free summer meals are being served to help families find a nearby site.
- Recruit teens to help at your site to give them responsibilities and new skills.
- Volunteer at other sites.
- Help serve meals or transport meals for other organizations that are involved.
- Organize physical or learning activities for the kids & teens.
What Happens Now?
If you are interested in participating with this program, please contact:Robertta Todd
MPH-Nutrition student at Liberty University
Intern with the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program
Contact: email@example.com, (434) 610-6308