Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program, also known as the Summer Meals Program, was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. When is school is out, SFSP provides free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.
In the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), approved Sponsors serve meals that meet Federal, nutritional guidelines and receive reimbursement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), based on the number of meals served to eligible children.
Local, public, or private non-profit organizations and government entities may apply for the program and receive approval by TDA to operate the Program. Sponsoring organizations sign Program Agreements with TDA and assume the responsibility for overseeing Program operations. Federal reimbursement from TDA is used by Sponsors to cover the administrative and operating costs of preparing and serving meals to eligible children at one or more meal sites.
Seamless Summer Option
Like SFSP, the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) helps to ensure that students in low-income areas continue to receive meals during school vacations longer than 10 school days when students do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. SSO combines features of NSLP, SBP and the SFSP regulations.
Only contracting entities (CE's) that administer NSLP or SBP are eligible to operate an SSO Program. Under SSO, meals are available for all children or students enrolled in a school of high school grade and under as determined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) including persons enrolled in a school program for the mentally or physically disabled, and persons under 21 years of age enrolled in an RCCI.
Region 2's Goal
The Education Service Center Region 2 Food and Nutrition Programs Team’s goal is to provide technical assistance and training to support contracting entities in meeting program requirements, and assisting in the operation and administration of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.
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