Summer Food Facts

  • The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a summer meal reimbursement program for children ages 0-18.
  • The SFSP program provides children in low income areas the opportunity to receive a nutritious meal during the summer while school is not in session for the summer.
  • SFSP sponsors must provide year-round activities. Sponsors can be schools or non-profit organizations (churches, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, etc.)
  • All reimbursable meals must meet the meal requirements set by USDA.
  • SFSP sites must be in eligible areas where the percentage of children approved for Free/Reduced priced lunch is 50% or higher.
  • Sponsors are allowed to serve two meals or a meal and a snack per day. The only combination of meals that cannot be served in one day is lunch and supper.
  • Upon being trained, sponsors have up to June 15th to apply for the SFSP program.
  • SFSP sites can be added anytime throughout the summer.
  • To locate an SFSP site in your area, go to https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks and type in your address or zip code and all of the summer feeding sites and operating dates and times will show up.
  • Or text FOOD to 877-877 for summer feeding sites and meal times.

CACFP – 2018 Renewal Summit – June 15, 2017

Please register to attend the Mandatory Renwal Summit at the Wigwam Resort – 300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ  85340

Click here for additional summit information.

Click here to register for 2018 CACFP Renewal Summit.

Click here for Hotel Accommodations or call 623.935.3811 and Press 0, ask to be connected with in-house reservations team.

Please refer to the Rate Code: ADF14ACI

USDA School Meal Programs: Verification Response Rate Challenge

VRRC2017

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is pleased to announce the Verification Response Rate Challenge for school meals!  We would like for school food authority (SFA) and State agency staff to share success stories and innovative ideas on increasing household response rates in the annual verification process for school meals.

FNS has set up the Verification Response Rate Challenge as a contest in order to make it fun and encourage participation.  All types of submissions are welcome, including short videos, short stories, and simple text entries.  Public discussion boards will be used to build upon each solution that is submitted.  Up to seven winners (Potential Game Changer, Popular Choice, Best Documented, and Honorable Mention) will be highlighted at the SNA 2017 Annual National Conference in Atlanta in July 2017.

Please click on the link to see the challenge: http://www.challenge.gov/challenge/USDA-School-Meal-Programs-Verification-Response-Rate-Challenge

Submissions for the Challenge (and comments on the discussion boards) will be accepted through 2:00 p.m. ET on June 15, 2017.  Voting is open from 10 a.m. on June 16, 2017 through 2:00 p.m. ET on June 22, 2017.

Dairy Council of Arizona and Fuel Up to Play 60 – upcoming grant opportunities!

The Fuel Up to Play 60 Funds Application is due June 14th and funds are available for implementation of nutrition and physical activity goals. We also have funding available in November.  This is a site based application and schools may apply for up to $4,000 to implement their goals.  With this funds application, only a registered Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor may apply for those funds after working with their student team to determine nutrition and fitness goals, but they must work closely with the Food Service and PE departments to work on their goals and objectives.  Think of it as a coordinated, comprehensive wellness team that comes together along with the students to devise a plan of action, apply for funds and then bring their program (and wellness policy) to life.  https://www.fueluptoplay60.com/funding/general-information

Our Summer Food Service Program Grant is due May 19th and is available to any school on the NSLP and actively enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60.  The Summer food application is one usually submitted by the food service department as they are the ones administering the program.  Funds are available for $2,000 to be used for marketing and resources to draw children to the feeding site.  Fuel Up to Play 60 resources can definitely be used during the summer to help support summer feeding goals of feeding as many children as possible. https://www.arizonamilk.org/summer-food-service-program-grants

National School Breakfast Week!

March 6-10, 2017 is recognized as National School Breakfast Week!
Please click here to read a “Thank You Letter” from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.