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.

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2019 SFSP Sponsor Grants

Second Harvest Heartland, in partnership with Share Our Strength, is thrilled to be offering another year of grant funding to support growth in summer meals programming and participation. This grant is available to new and returning SFSP an NSLP Summer Meals Program Sponsors in Second Harvest Heartland’s Service Area. Funds must applied to sites that operate as “open.”

This year’s grant application will be closing on April 29. Applicants can expect to hear decisions in mid-May, and funding will be disbursed shortly after, pending signed agreements. Final reporting (similar to reporting required for MDE) from grantees will be due Fall 2019. If you have any questions, please contact grant staff at

Please refer to RFP for application eligibility, requirements, and details here.

Grant Timeline

March 18 Grant RFP opens - apply online
April 29 Grant RFP deadline 
Mid May  Grantees notified; funds disbursed
Fall 2019 Final reporting due to No Kid Hungry

Outreach handouts

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.

Request Materials

Outreach poster

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.)

Download Poster

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.

SFSP Contact Information



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