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 a Clinical Research Specialist at Indiana CTSI. His background is in epidemiology and he works primarily with the WISE Indiana and Connections IN Health teams 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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