Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
During the school year, over 312,000 Minnesota children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. However, when the school year ends for the summer, these children may not have access to the nutritious meals they need.
The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to children 18 and under to fill this gap.
Looking for a free meal near you?
Use the Summer Meal Map to find a free meal site near you, or call or text 612.516.3663 for locations!
Interested in starting or expanding an SFSP?
Becoming a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program allows you to make a difference in your community and provide free meals to kids.
SFSP sponsor grants
Over the academic year, many children receive meals for low or no cost through the School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Unfortunately, over the summer when school is out, children no longer have access to such vital programs that provide the proper nutrition they require to grow and thrive. The Summer Food Service Program offers an opportunity for communities to ensure that children are given free and nutritious meals throughout the summer months.
Thanks to our partners and supporters, Second Harvest Heartland is thrilled to be able to offer grants to new and returning SFSP sponsors. Through our grant program, we enable sponsors to increase the number of children receiving meals over the summer by enhancing meal components, collaborating with local community organizations, converting closed sites to open sites, and aiding new SFSP sponsors.
All applications are expected to be submitted electronically. For questions regarding the SFSP program, grants, eligibility, applications, the submission process or outreach materials, please contact Child Hunger staff at 651.403.6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Harvest Heartland has outreach materials available for distribution in order to increase the participation at meal sites in your community. Outreach materials do not have year specific information and can be distributed multiple summers. To request or see outreach materials available, click on the link below.
Second Harvest Heartland has an 11″x17″ poster available for download.