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Summer Meal Programs

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

Announcements

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Applications

Effective October 1, 2019, the CDE will require that all new SFSP applicants and returning sponsors submit complete and correct SFSP application packets through the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) no later than 30 calendar days prior to the first SFSP meal service day, or May 15, whichever comes first. These deadlines do not apply to sponsors applying to serve in areas impacted by an unanticipated school closure during the period from October through April (or at any time of the year in an area with a continuous school calendar).

For more information regarding the new application deadlines please view the Summer Food Service Program Application Deadlines management bulletin.

To learn more about how to apply to the SFSP, please view the Summer Food Service Program Information web page. Scroll down to view the tabs and select the New Sponsors tab to review the application process.

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 meal service sites.

Find Summer Meal Sites with Your Phone
The CA Meals for Kids mobile application helps you find nearby California Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs Sites through your iOS, Android, or Microsoft devices.

Program Details

Summer Food Service Program Information
Administrative and operational information and guidance for organizations that participate in the program. USDA policy guidance and SFSP Management Bulletins can be found under the Resources tab.

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

SFSP COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Guidance in the Child Nutrition Programs
The CDE’s central landing page for COVID-19 Child Nutrition Program policy guidance and waivers, information on how to operate the programs during the pandemic, directions on how to claim for reimbursement and COVID-19 funding, bi-monthly Townhall webinars for questions and answers and best practices, links to COVID-19 resources, and contact information.

CNP COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ page to help clarify both state and federal policy and operational questions for the program operators in the CNPs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USDA Child Nutrition Program Meal Service During COVID-19 External link opens in new window or tab.
This downloadable handout conveys information, tips, and best practices to consider when allowing local program operators to distribute meals and snacks to parents and guardians for the children or adults in their care. This publication may be printed and shared with state agency staff, program operators, and stakeholders.

Providing Bulk Foods During the COVID-19 Pandemic Fact Sheets (PDF)
This handout provides Questions and Answers for CNP Operators in regards to using and offering bulk foods

California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Pandemic EBT External link opens in new window or tab.
Information about Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT. P-EBT is a federal program. The CDSS, in collaboration with the CDE, received approval to operate the program in response to COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT provides food benefits to help families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the federal School Breakfast or National School Lunch Programs.


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Questions:   Summer Meals Unit | 916-324-6153
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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