Your interest in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is appreciated. The SFSP is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded program that proves cash reimbursements to sponsors that provide nutritionally adequate meals to low-income children or in low-income areas in the summertime, through sites across the state. The program is administered at the state level by the Minnesota Deparment of Education (MDE)-Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Depending on your answers to these questions, your agency maybe eligible to SPONSOR a SFSP and receive cash reimbursments for meals served to children in qualifying areas. If not, your orgranization may qualify to be a SITE under an existing sponsoring agency and simply receive meals. By submitting this survey, your organization will be added to our potential sponsor contact list and will be contacted by FNS staff to provide additional information, options and next steps.

Quick Facts:
1. Site location must be qualified to participate in the program. The state agency must use the following priority system in approving sponsors to operate sites that propose to serve the same area or the same enrolled children:

(i) Public or nonprofit private school food authorities;
(ii) Public agencies and private nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated successful program performance in a prior year.
(iii) New public agencies; and
(iv) New private nonprofit organizations

2. Nonprofit organizations seeking approval to sponsor the SFSP are required per 7 Code of Federal Regulations Section 225.14 to demonstrate that they are financially and administratively capable to operate the SFSP and, as such, also provide an ongoing year-round service to the community that it proposes to serve.

3. For-profit organizations may participate under an existing SFSP sponsor as a site.

The following questions will help determine your agency's eligibility for program participation:

* 1. Does your organization provide a year-round public service to the area in which you intend to provide the SFSP?

* 2. Has your orgranization participated in any USDA Child Nutrition Program within the past three years?

* 3. Is the population you will serve children ages 1-18? (The program also may be available for children with disabilites enrolled in an educational program through age 21.)

* 4. Sponsor type (select one):

* 5. How many sites do you intend to operate?

* 6. Which meals will you serve? Check all that apply (up to two meals a day allowed: one meal and one snack, but not both lunch and supper unless a camp or migrant site):

* 7. Select the method you will provide meals:

* 8. Indicate which type(s) of eligibility data you will use to qualify your site?

* 9. When will your program operate?

* 10. Anticipated average daily attendance?

* 11. Would your organization accept financial and administrative responsibility for your program and sites:

* 12. Are you interested in attending an information meeting about the SFSP (to be held on February 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at MDE in Roseville)?

* 13. Contact information:

Please select the "Done" button to submit your survey. Thank you!