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Waiver of Site Monitoring Requirements in the SFSP

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

To: Summer Food Service Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SFSP-04-2011

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: June 2011

Subject: Food and Nutrition Service Memo: Waiver of Site Monitoring Requirements in the Summer Food Service Program

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service Memo SFSP 12-2011; Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 225.15 (d)

This Management Bulletin (MB) notifies Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors that the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) changed the monitoring requirements for the SFSP.  The USDA is waiving the requirement that sponsors conduct a site visit during the first week of operation if the site operated successfully the previous year. If the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) deems a sponsor seriously deficient, however, the NSD requires that the sponsor conduct first week site visits during the next year of operation at all of their SFSP sites.


Currently USDA regulations require SFSP sponsors to conduct site visits during the first and fourth weeks of meal service.

Changes in Requirements for Site Monitoring by Sponsor

The USDA recently waived the requirement for sponsors to make a site visit during the first week of site operation, if the site operated successfully the previous year. If a new or returning site operates for only one week, then the sponsor still must conduct a site visit in that week.

The USDA still requires sponsors to visit all new sites in the first week of operation, and to conduct site visits for all sites in the fourth week of operations. For all sites, the USDA requires sponsors to maintain a reasonable level of site monitoring. If the sponsor or the NSD identifies a serious deficiency during a site visit or review, sponsors must conduct a follow up visit to ensure that corrective action is taken at the site.

If you have questions regarding this MB, please contact Melissa Garza by phone at 916-322-5885 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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