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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Program Contact:

Cynthia Ervin, School Nutrition Program Consultant


Program Overview

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

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.

During 2013, more than 806,000 children in North Carolina were eligible to receive SFSP meals. However, only 15 out of every 100 of them were served. Therefore, the Nutrition Services Branch is making every effort to publicize the program so that more organizations will become program sponsors.  Therefore, the School Nutrition Services Section is making every effort to publicize the program so that more organizations will become program sponsors.


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Upcoming Events

  • Summer Food Service Program Transition Webinars

As the Summer Food Service Program transitions to the NC Department of Public Instruction the application and agreement process have changed.  As a result webinars have been scheduled for those sponsors who successfully administered the Program under the NC Department of Health and Human Services to provide them with the information and tools for successfully completing the 2015 application, agreement, etc.  The webinars will be conducted at the following dates/times.

CLICK on the date/time below to register for the session of your choice.  Once registered you will receive an automated email confirming your registration with information you need to join the webinar.

December 18, 2014 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

December 19, 2014 (Friday) 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • SummerPalooza!  Expanding Summer Nutrition for NC Kids - Planning for 2015

The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is convening a series of three regional planning events around the state. You are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided.  All SummerPalooza! events will have breakout sessions to discuss best practices, identify local needs and resources, and share ideas.

Workshop Presentations

Going--Not Getting--There:  5 Tips for Building Community Engagement (NC Child, Laila Bell)

Summer Palooza 2015! North Carolina Summer Nutrition Planning (Eva Clayton)

Sharing OUR UNBELIEVABLE SUMMER (Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina)

National Perspective:  No Kid Hungry Resources for Sponsors

Scotland County Summer Feeding Program

Hunger Does Not Take a Vacation (Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, Daisy Rodriguez)

Summer Resources (SUDIA)

USDA Rural Development Program Overview

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