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Summer Meal Programs

Federal meal programs for children from low-income areas during vacation and off-track periods.

Announcements

Award Nominations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service and the USDA Western Region Office are proud to announce the 2017 Summer Sunshine and Turnip the Beet Award nominations!

These awards honor and recognize outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors and partners who work hard during the summer months to offer high quality, appealing, and nutritious meals to children. These awards are open to all Summer Meal Program sponsors and partners that participate in the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch Program. For additional instructions and to receive nomination forms, please e-mail your request to SFSP@cde.ca.gov and include Summer Meals Awards in your e-mail subject line.

Summer Meal Locations

Provides parents and referral agencies with a list of locations where children may receive free nutritious meals during school vacation and off-track periods.

Summer Meal Service Sites
California state map with county by county listings of sponsors and serving sites.

Program Details

Summer Food Service Program Information
Administrative and operational information and guidance for organizations that participate in the program.

Seamless Summer Option
Information about the federal seamless option opportunity that allows public schools to combine features of the School Nutrition Programs and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) along with reduced paperwork requirements.

Award Winners

California Turnip the Beet Award Recipients
Turnip the Beet Awards recognize outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors who work hard to offer high-quality meals that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious.

California Western Region Summer Sunshine Award Recipients
The annual Summer Sunshine Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups that administer the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Meal Programs.

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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 7, 2017
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