Summer Food Service Program
Public Notification – Summer Food Service Program Waiver Requests
Date: November 14, 2018
In October 2018, Memo SFSP 01-2019, rescinded six previous policy waivers that had been in effect. The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has submitted waiver requests to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to reinstate the waivers rescinded in memo SFSP 01-2019. The waiver requests are listed below:
- Waiver Request 1 – Policy waiving first week SFSP site visits for returning sites that operated successfully the previous summer with no serious deficiency findings.
- Waiver Request 2 – Policy waiving first week SFSP site visits for School Food Authorities in good standing with their school breakfast (SBP) and/or lunch (NSLP) program(s).
- Waiver Request 3 – Policy waiving first week site visits for SFSP and NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsors in good standing with their NSLP and/or Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
- Waiver Request 4 – Policy extending the Offer Versus Serve (OVS) meal service model to non-SFA sponsors
- Waiver Request 5 – Policy waiving some meal time restrictions; specifically, the minimum amount of time that must pass between meals and snacks
- Waiver Request 6- Policy extending area eligibility to closed enrolled sites
If granted, these waivers will reinstate the rescinded flexibilities and policies to allow for efficient and cost-effective program management and reduce the administrative burden for sponsoring organizations and ADE. Also, ADE will provide detailed information and instruction via email to all SFSP and SSO sponsors. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your assigned program specialist.
2019 SFSP Announcement Memo: HNS 39-2018
For information on how to apply for the SFSP go to: How to Apply for SFSP
What is the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP):
It is a federally funded child nutrition program which was established to ensure that low-income children, ages 18 and younger, continue to have an opportunity to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. FREE meals, that meet federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in the areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.
Who administers the Summer Food Service Program:
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program funds the grant and provides direction, oversight and support to State Agencies
- In Arizona, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Health and Nutrition Services division, directly administers the program
What is an SFSP sponsor: Sponsors are organizations that are approved by ADE to operate one or more SFSP sites throughout Arizona, and are responsible for complying with all Federal and State regulations relating to SFSP. New and returning sponsors apply annually.
Who can be an SFSP sponsor:
- Public or private non-profit school food authorities
- Public or private non-profit residential camp
- A local, county, municipal state or federal government agency
- Private non-profit organizations that provide year around services to the community: i.e. Churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs/YWCAs, Food Banks
- Public or private non-profit college/university participating in the National Youth Sports Program
- Upward Bound Programs
What are the responsibilities of being a Sponsor?
- Be Financially Viable – Have enough sound financial infrastructure and internal controls
- Be Administratively Capable – Have enough qualified staff to operate all aspects of the program
- Not Be Seriously Deficient – All previous program findings have been permanently corrected
- Serve Low-Income Children – Operate the program in areas identified as impoverished
- Conduct a Nonprofit Food Service – Reimbursement must be used solely for operating the food service
- Provide Year-Round Service – Provide opportunities to the community in eligible areas that can be enhanced by adding meals
- Train Staff – Ensure that all staff are proficient on applicable program rules and regulations
- Monitor Sites – Staff will frequently review sites to ensure compliance
When are FREE meals available at approved sites: Approved sites are eligible to begin meal service the first day after the school year ends and can continue up to the last day of summer vacation. Beginning in mid-May of each year, all SFSP sites provide FREE meals to children during approved meal service times and dates. Many sites may also offer adult meals at a discounted price.
2019 Program Updates