Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
During the school year, more than 40% of K-12 kids in Minnesota 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.
Becoming a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program allows you to make a difference in your community by providing free meals to youth, with the option of additionally offering activities and entertainment.
Best Practices & Tips for Sponsors
In an effort to support sponsors, Second Harvest Heartland has compiled a list of resources to facilitate a SFSP sponsorship. Click here to find information on SFSP, creative ways in which previous sponsors have used grant funding, and links to further information on best practices.
2018 SFSP Sponsor Grants
Thanks to Share Our Strength and supporters, Second Harvest Heartland is thrilled to be able to offer grant funding to new and experienced SFSP sponsors. The 2018 grant cycle will open in the spring; please check back here for more details. Note: Applications will only be accepted by sponsors who have submitted their SFSP application to MDE by their deadline on May 1, 2018. Any questions on the grant application or process, please contact SFSP Child Hunger Specialist JoAnna Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Harvest Heartland has outreach materials available for distribution in to help 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. (Note: Download the pdf file to the computer and print poster from file source in order to print in the correct size and dimensions.)
Summer Food Service Program Meal Finder App
Hunger Impact Partners has created a Summer Food Service Program Meal Finder App called “Summer Eats Minnesota.” Click here to learn more about registering your sites on the Summer Eats Minnesota App.