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Simplified Application Procedures in the SFSP


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Action Required, Beneficial Information

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program

Number: USDA-CACFP-01-2012

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: January 2012

Subject: Simplified Application Procedures in the Summer Food Service Program

Reference: Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, sections 225.14(c)(1), 225.6(c)(2), and 225.6(c)(3); U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services, Policy Memo CACFP 03-2012

This Management Bulletin (MB) notifies Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) agencies that the California Department of Education has simplified application procedures for experienced private nonprofit CACFP agencies in good standing who wish to apply for participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

In an effort to improve participation in the SFSP by eligible agencies, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has waived some application requirements for CACFP agencies in good standing (those that have not been found to be seriously deficient in program operation) that wish to apply to participate in the SFSP for the first time. CACFP sponsors are no longer required to demonstrate financial and administrative capability for program operations as required by Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 225.14(c)(1).

Please note, however, that most CACFP agencies may apply to participate in the SFSP only if they will be serving a different population of children than those in their regular child care program. CACFP sponsors may not convert from CACFP to SFSP merely as a means to receive the higher reimbursement offered through the SFSP for serving the same children otherwise served through the CACFP.

An exception to the above rule is a CACFP agency that operates an at-risk afterschool care program during the school year and applies to participate in the SFSP during the summer. Although the sponsor will serve the same children during the summer months that they serve during the school year, the CACFP at-risk afterschool care program is not available during the summer, thus making the agency eligible to participate in SFSP.

This change is effective for applications submitted for summer 2012.

If you have questions or wish to apply for the SFSP, please contact any of the following SFSP Specialists:

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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