Nutrition and Wellness Programs

Summer Food Service Program

Everybody Wins with Summer Food!

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was instituted to provide nutritious meals to children during the summer months when school is not in session. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Sponsoring organizations include:

  • Public or private non-profit local education agencies;
  • Entities of state, local, municipal, or county government;
  • Residential camps; and
  • Private nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

An alternative to the SFSP for providing meals to your children in the summer months is the Seamless Summer Option, formerly Seamless Summer Waiver. This program is available to local education agencies that already participate in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP). Some school food service authorities feel the Seamless Summer Option better meets their needs and requires less paperwork and monitoring requirements than the SFSP. Click below on Seamless Summer Option for more information. Please remember that schools who offer academic summer school only will not be able to participate in either program unless they open their doors to the community; otherwise, the schools must extend their NSLP/SBP to include these months.

The new sponsor application period will be opening soon. Visit the New Sponsors tab below (blue box) for program information. New Sponsors must attend a full-day sponsor training; dates and locations of the workshops are posted on the Workshop Information page.

Program Information

Summer Meal's Open Sites

Excel Spreadsheet (8/30/16)

 SFSP Public Service Announcements

SFSP 2016 Maximum Reimbursement Rates
Combined (Operating and Administrative)
Rural or Self-Prep