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Summer Program FAQ

What is the Summer Food Service Program?

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was created to ensure that children could continue to receive nutritious meals during summer vacation, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Wellness Department is a local sponsor of the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which provides nutritious meals and snacks served in Minneapolis schools, parks, and community sites.

Why is SFSP important to your community?

Children who do not eat school lunch or breakfasts are more likely to be sick, absent, or tardy, as well as display disruptive and inattentive behavior in class. Good nutrition is essential for learning, and the SFSP provides an opportunity to continue the physical and social development of children in your community by providing nutritious meals while on summer vacation. With your help, children will play and grow throughout the summer, then return to school ready to learn.

When does the SFSP start and end?

The 2019 Summer Food Service Program will run Monday, June 10 – Saturday, August 31. There is no service on Thursday, July 4.

What does it cost to be on the program?

Absolutely nothing! Meals & snacks served through the Summer Food Service Program are FREE to ALL children ages 1-18.

How do I sign up as a site?

In order to be a meal service site in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Summer Food Service Program, you must 
  • be a nonprofit organization
  • be located in an area of Minneapolis that is deemed area eligible for the SFSP by the MN Department of Education
  • plan to serve meals to at least 25 children ages 1-18 at your site each day
  • plan to serve meals to children on at least 20 days during the program
  • have adequate refrigeration for any meals that will not be served within 1 one hour of receipt from the MPS Food Service Department
  • agree to be in compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws and regulations pertaining to the Summer Food Service Program
  • have at least two staff members who will be present during meal service attend a mandatory training session at the Nutrition Center prior to receiving any meals.
If you are not able to comply with all of the above requirements, please refer to the list of approved Summer Food Service Program Sites. This list will be available on this website after June 1. All children ages 1-18 are welcome to eat the meals provided at these sites.
For questions or additional information, please contact us at SFSP@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Where can I find an existing site?

Visit Summer Eats MN for open sites in the Minneapolis area.
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