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SFSP Guidance, Manuals, and Resources

The most recent administrative manuals, management bulletins, and other materials needed for proper administration of the Summer Food Service Program.

Guidance | Manuals | Resources


General Information Sheets
Information to assist sponsors with program administration.

Improving Access to Summer Meals
April 21, 2011: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-funded Charter School Administrators regarding summer meal programs.

Management Bulletins
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) management bulletins organized by calendar year.

Nutrition Requirements for the SFSP

Information and resources on menu planning, preparation documentation, and meal patterns for sponsors participating in the SFSP.

Payment Information and Forms
Instructions, forms, and worksheets to assist with filing claims for reimbursement.

Providing Meals During an H1N1 School Closure (Dated Dec-2009)
Sponsors approved for Meal Programs may continue to provide reimbursable meals to low-income children during school closures and/or student dismissals caused by the H1N1 influenza virus.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Guidance

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USDA Manuals
  • Handbooks External link opens in new window or tab.
  • Food Buying Guide External link opens in new window or tab.
    USDA's guide to plan, purchase, prepare, and serve nourishing meals for the Child Nutrition Programs. For a hard copy, call the Nutrition Services Division toll free at 800-952-5609.

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Summer Meal Service Sites

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

California Association of Food Banks' (CAFB) Summer Lunch [This site is currently not available.]
California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) launched this Web site in 2007 for community based organizations who want to help needy children in their communities get the nutrition they deserve, 365 days a year.

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Resources
Meal Service Outreach
USDA Resources
  • Summer Food Service Program External link opens in new window or tab.
    Information and resources from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) about the Summer Food Service Program.
  • Healthy Meals Resource System External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides recipes, resources, and information on food safety and the preparation of nutritious meals.

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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 3, 2015

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