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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Program Overview

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides funds to the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to administer the Summer Food Service Program.  The NCDPI School Nutrition Section staff recruits government, school food authorities, and non-profit organizations to sponsor SFSP in their communities. Sponsors are reimbursed for the eligible meals served to eligible children at eligible locations. Meals may be prepared on-site if the kitchen is adequately equipped, or sponsors may contract with a vendor to purchase prepared meals.

During 2015, more than *850,000 children in North Carolina were eligible to receive SFSP meals. However, only 10 out of every 100 of those same children were served nutritious meals during the summer. Therefore, the School Nutrition Services Section is making every effort to publicize the program so that more organizations will become program sponsors.

USDA SFSP Fact Sheet

* = Includes adjustment for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)


What's Next? - Steps to Participate in SFSP 2016

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

Policy Memos 2015

Policy Memos 2016


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