Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Two summer food programs are administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, and within Vermont by the Agency of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs.
Seamless Summer Option
School Food Authorities participating in the NSLP or SBP are eligible to apply for the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). The same NSLP and SBP rules apply for meal service. Meals served are reimbursed at the NSLP and/or SBP “free” rates.
Summer Food Service Program
Public or private non-profit schools, local, municipal, county, tribal or state government, private non-profits, public or private non-profit camps, and private or non-profit universities or colleges can serve as Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors. Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff, managerial skills, and food service capabilities. A sponsor may provide its own meals, purchase meals through an agreement with an area school, or contract for meals with a food vendor.
- USDA Summer Meals Newsletters
- USDA Memos:
- Health & Safety Inspection Requirements
- Summer Meal Programs Meal Service Requirements Q&As
- USDA Summer Meals Toolkit: Summer Meal Sponsors
- No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices
- USDA Best Practices: Meal Service
Mobile Feeding Resources
Intent To Participate
The Summer Food Service Program application and site information will be available in the spring 2017.
Requesting USDA Foods or Advances – Due May 1st
All Others – Due May 16th