Grants and Awards for SFSP
Private and non-profit organizations offer grants to SFSP Sponsors to improve their programs. The Arizona Department of Education and the USDA give several annual awards to excelling SFSP Sponsors. See below for ways for your organization to be recognized.
SFSP Grant Opportunities for 2018:
Grants are used for improving quality of meals and increasing participation in the program. Check the granting organization’s website for how to qualify and apply for these opportunities.
How SFSP Grant Funds are Used
Chandler Unified School District used their grant funds received from the Dairy Council of Arizona to have a Pizza Camp at Chief Hill Learning Academy allowing children 18 and under to utilize their culinary skills.
- Click Here to watch video of Chandler Unified School District’s Summer Food Service Program Pizza Event.
USDA Sunshine Award
Each year, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognize the efforts and successes of outstanding sponsors operating the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Award categories include Promoting Enrichment Activities, Reaching Rural, Tribal and/or Underserved Communities, Excellence in Community Partnerships, Bringing the Farm to Summer Meals and Raising Community Awareness.
Each September, Summer Food Sponsors will have the opportunity to nominate themselves for this award.
In 2016, two Arizona sponsors were recognized for furthering the USDA’s goal of expanding access to summer meals in underserved rural areas:
- Native American Advancement Foundation
“[The USDA] celebrate[s] your successes in integrating summer meals into your Academic Summer Adventure program, overcoming a unique set of challenges every step of the way. We commend your efforts to prepare in-house foods and thoughtful approach to purchasing in bulk to ensure financial sustainability.”
- GAP Ministries
“[The USDA] celebrate[s] your successes in serving summer meals for the entirety of summer, involving volunteers in food production, and partnering with programs that were already providing summer enrichment activities to children in need.”
USDA Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Award Program
The Turnip the Beet Award, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), recognizes outstanding summer meal program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months. The award is open to all sponsors. Three award levels are available: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
Best of the Bunch Award Every site that participates in Farm to Summer Week (June 11-15, 2018) will be recognized at the 2019 Summer Food Summit scheduled for February 2019. Three sites will be selected to receive a Best of the Bunch Award, reflecting the elevation in meal service programming and educational opportunities provided, encouraging children to experience Arizona Agriculture. Check out the Farm to Summer page for more details.