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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 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) along with reduced paperwork requirements.

Summer Sponsor 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:   Summer Meals Unit | 916-324-6153
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 13, 2019
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