SFSP Guidance, Manuals, and ResourcesThe most recent administrative manuals, management bulletins, and other materials needed for proper administration of the Summer Food Service Program.
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.
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) management bulletins organized by calendar year.
Information and resources on menu planning, preparation documentation, and meal patterns for sponsors participating in the SFSP.
Payment Information and
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
- Food Buying Guide
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.
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
- Summer Food Standards of Excellence
A guide with sample criteria for evaluating menus and site practices that exceed the minimum standards.
- A How-To guide for Summer food Sponsors on Purchasing High-Quality Summer Meals
A toolkit to assist sponsors with looking at opportunities to work with food service vendors.
Meal Service Outreach
- Summer Food Service Brochure (DOC; Dated Mar-2014)
A tri-fold brochure for potential new SFSP sponsors.
- Summer Meal Programs Flyer (DOC; Dated May-2015)
A summer meal program outreach flyer to help parents locate where children may receive free nutritious meals during school vacation and off-track periods.
Available Translations of Summer Food Service Parent Flyer
- Summer Meal Service Poster (DOC; Dated Jun-2009)
A poster for SFSP meal service site location advertisement.
Available Translations of Summer Meal Service Poster
- Summer Food Service Presentation (PDF; Dated Mar-2014)
A presentation for potential new SFSP sponsors.
Food Service Program
Information and resources from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) about the Summer Food Service Program.
- Healthy Meals Resource System
Provides recipes, resources, and information on food safety and the preparation of nutritious meals.