Locate Summer Food Sites
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June 8, 2012: FRAC Report Finds Varied Performance among States and Recommends Steps to Make a Difference this Summer – Fewer low-income children participated in the nation’s summer nutrition programs in July 2011 than a year earlier, according to FRAC’s report titled Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation. Only one in seven of the low-income students who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the regular 2010-2011 school year received summer meals in July 2011. More…
Click on a state in the map below to see rank, participation numbers and participation percentages.
Participation rate is based on the ratio of children who participate in summer meals compared to the number of children who participate in NSLP at the free and reduced-price rate.
dark blue – top 10 states in participation.
light blue – states with average participation.
red – bottom 10 states in participation.
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has recently released revised census data for use in area eligibility determinations for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Due to an error in data provided by the Census Bureau, a small percent of census block groups were incorrectly categorized as being eligible for the programs. FNS released a memo (pdf) on April 26 to clarify the issue and how it affects SFSP sites and CACFP homes that have already been determined.
The memo explains which CACFP homes and SFSP sites need to be re-determined. To help you easily identify if your site/program is in an affected area, FRAC has created a map of all of the affected census block groups across the county.
FRAC’s Child and Adult Care Food Program Mapper and the Summer Food Target Mapper were updated with the correct data. All determinations made as of April 6th are valid. Determinations made before that date must be reviewed according to the memo’s guidance.
NEW ONLINE – Summer Food
Use this tool to find summer food sites across the country.
July 2011 Participation:
- An average of 2.79 million children participated each weekday in the Summer Nutrition Programs.
- 14.6 children received summer nutrition for every 100 low-income students who received lunch in the 2010-2011 school year.
- Only one in seven low-income children who ate a school lunch during the regular 2010-2011 school year were reached by the Summer Nutrition Programs.
- Summer Food Service Program Fact Sheet (pdf)
- Program Comparison Chart: Summer Nutrition Programs & the Afterschool Meal Program (pdf)
- Summer Food Target Mapper
- Latest Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report (pdf)
- Model summer meals menu (pdf)
- Summer Nutrition Standards of Excellence
- FRAC’s Summer Nutrition Program Publications
- USDA/FNS Summer Food Service Program information
- State Contacts for Child Nutrition Programs
Talk to your state agency for information on participating in the Summer Nutrition Programs – use this list to find your state agency contact.
USDA is issuing policy memos, available on the agency’s implementation web page, to offer guidance on implementing the act.
When school lets out, millions of low-income children lose access to the school breakfasts, lunches and afterschool snacks they receive during the regular school year. The summer food programs are there to fill this gap.
Many summer food sites provide educational enrichment and recreational activities along with meals and snacks, helping children continue to learn and stay safe when school is not in session. The meals provided through summer nutrition programs act as a magnet to draw children to these activities.
In late 2007, Congress simplified the summer food program and extended it to include all states. Simplifying the program eliminated complex accounting requirements, reduced paperwork and ensures all sponsors receive the maximum federal reimbursement.
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
All summer meals served through the Summer Food Service Program must meet USDA nutritional guidelines and include all of the following:
A summer breakfast can be as simple as a fruit muffin, cheese stick, watermelon slice and a carton of low-fat milk. Lunch can be as simple as vegetable pasta, a low-fat yogurt cup, watermelon and a carton of low-fat milk.
The state child nutrition agency can provide afterschool programs with additional information about the nutrition guidelines and help them plan menus that meet the USDA requirements.