During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set a cycle of poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. Under this program, all children eat meals at no charge. Reimbursement for the SFSP is paid based on meals served according to the USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs.
The income guidelines are the same as the reduced price guidelines in the National School Lunch Program or Child and Adult Care Food Program. A brochure which describes the program and reimbursement rates and other information is available at the Child and Adult Nutrition Services website http://doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.asp