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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

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The North Carolina Simplified Summer Food Service Program makes it easier for schools, local government agencies, and private non-profit organizations to feed children during the summer.

The Simplified Summer Food Service Program:

  • Dramatically cuts paperwork by eliminating complicated accounting requirements.
  • Ensures that all sponsors receive the maximum federal reimbursement. The funding can really add up.

The program is offered in community locations such as parks, schools, playgrounds, housing authorities, day camps, churches and community centers from May to September. The SFSP meal service is often combined with learning and recreational activities for the children. A year-round site is also an option for children attending year-round schools during the months of October-April.

SFSP News & Events

  • SummerPalooza Summit!  Expanding Summer Nutrition for NC Kids (Summer 2016)

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Services Section will offer a collaborative workshop to provide a jumpstart for summer nutrition 2016. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the summer nutrition programs in North Carolina, identify ways to reduce barriers, and pinpoint areas where summer meals are needed to reduce food insecurity. Round table discussions with community stakeholders will provide an opportunity for collaborative work to achieve continuous summer nutrition program expansion through effective partnerships.  CLICK HERE for more details.

  • Save the Dates!  What's Next after SummerPalooza?

Click the appropriate category below for a detailed outline of the next steps in the approval process for participating in the 2016 Summer Food Service Program.  Each page includes instructions, important dates and links continuing education workshops.  

New Non-SFA Sponsors Includes Public or Private Non-profit organizations that have not participated in SFSP under the NC Department of Public Instruction.
Returning Non-SFA Sponsors Includes Public or Private Non-profit organizations that participated in the SFSP under the NC Department of Public Instruction Summer 2015.
School Food Authorities (SFA)
Includes new and returning Traditional Public Schools, Charters Schools and NonPublics currently participating in the National School Lunch/School Breakfast program.

Contact Lists



SFSP 11-2015 Assessing Costs in the Summer Food Service Program
SFSP 11-2015a Attachment - Assessing Costs in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Guide

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