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 all 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.
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 download materials, click on the links below.
Small Printable Materials
- General program information
- Lawn Signs
Design Examples for Large Materials
- Feather flags
SFSP Sponsor Grants
Each spring, Second Harvest Heartland, in partnership with Share Our Strength offers grants to support SFSP. Our current grant cycle is closed for 2020. Please check back next spring for updates. Other grant information can be found here.
Summer Food Service Program Meal Finder App
Hunger Impact Partners has created a Summer Food Service Program Meal Finder App called “Free Meals for Kids.” Click here to learn more about registering your sites on the Summer Eats Minnesota App.
SFSP Contact Information