Summer Food Service Program



What is it? Breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks during the summer months
Target population: Children ages 18 and under, especially those who might not get three square meals during the summer.
Funding source: Meals are reimbursed through the US Dept. of Agriculture, via the Colorado Department of Education. 
Summary:   The Summer Food Service Program is a federal nutrition program designed to replace school meals during the summer.  There is no cost for meals served to children. Children ages 1-18 can simply come during meal times to receive a meal. Food for this program is funded through the Colorado Department of Education.  Care and Share provides nutritious meals for 37 sites that feed throughout Southern Colorado. Care and Share provided more than 31,000 snacks and 33,000 meals to children this summer.  To become a site under Care and Share, a site must be located near a school that has 50% or higher free and reduced lunch enrollment or is qualified through census data as having 50% of the population at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.  There is no requirement around providing enrichment activities in addition to food, but it is an accepted best practice that helps draw more children to the program.


Click here to view a list of summer feeding sites- 2014


Summer Food Service Program
Infrastructure needed: 
    • A space to serve meals
    • A place to wash hands
    • Possibly a place to store cold/hot meals
    • Site located at or near a school with 50% Free and Reduced Lunch enrollment
Volunteers/staff duties needed: 
    • Preparing/serving the meals according to USDA regulations
    • Tracking the number of children participating
    • Leading activities with children (optional)
    • Tracking service numbers and sending reports to Care and Share
    • Cleanup
    • Advertising the program in your community
New Site Start Up Checklist: 
    • Complete SFSP application
    • Sign Care and Share SFSP agreement
    • Complete SafeServ training
    • Complete SFSP training
    • Provide list of employees working with SFSP who have passed a background check
For questions, program examples and information, please contact Heather Briggs, Children's Program Coordinator at or by calling 719-528-1247.


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