Child Hunger Does Not Take a Break for Summer

July 27, 2020

Children eating lunchWhat is SFSP?

Though it is a problem year-round, food insecurity is a major concern during summer and longer school breaks as it leaves children without their usual food sources. The Summer Food Service Program, or SFSP, is a federally funded, state-administered program. It works to reach children in need through sites operated by schools, government agencies, summer camps, day camps, churches, or community organizations. As an entitlement program, it guarantees a reimbursement for each qualifying snack or meal served.*

Does your child qualify?

Any child that is eligible for free or reduced-price meals qualifies for SFSP. This eligibility is dependent upon an application and enrollment process.

To qualify for free meals: Children must live in households with incomes below 130 percent of the poverty level or a household receiving help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

To qualify for reduced-price meals: Family incomes must be between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty line.
The exception to these qualifications is if the SFSP is located in a high-poverty area, one in which at least 50 percent of area children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. In this case, all children at the site are eligible to receive SFSP.

To learn more about The Summer Food Service Program please follow this link.

*Reimbursable meals served through SFSP sites must meet federal nutrition standards.

About the Author: Aaron Zych

Aaron Zych
Aaron Zych, MPH is the Project Management Coordinator for WISE Indiana. He also works heavily with the Connections IN Health team at Indiana CTSI. Aaron has played a major role in developing and maintaining the WISE Indiana COVID-19 Daily Digest and contributes heavily to the Connections IN Health County Engagement Project. His work drives his passion for data collection and data visualization.

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