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Everybody Wins with Summer Food!

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The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was instituted to provide nutritious meals to children during the summer months when school is not in session. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture​ (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Sponsoring organizations include:

  • Public or private non-profit local education agencies;
  • Entitles of state, local, municipal, or county government;
  • Residential camps; and
  • Private nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

An alternative to the SFSP for providing meals to your children in the summer months is the Seamless Summer Option, formerly Seamless Summer Waiver. This program is available to local education agencies that already participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP). Some school food service authorities feel the Seamless Summer Option better meets their needs and requires less paperwork and monitoring requirements than the SFSP. For more information visit the Seamless Summer Option page. Please remember that schools who offer academic summer school only will not be able to participate in either program unless they open their doors to the community; otherwise, the schools must extend their NSLP/SBP to include these months.

The new sponsor application period is now open. Visit the New Sponsors tab below for program information. New Sponsors must attend a full-day sponsor training; dates and locations of the workshops are posted on the Workshop Information page.​

 Funding and Disbursements

The following reimbursement rates are issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The rates are prescribed on an annual basis each January for the Summer Food Service Program.

SFSP 2018 Claiming and Reimbursement Rates

Combined (Operating and Administrative)
Rural or Self-Prep Other
Breakfast $2.2325 $2.1900
Lunch/Supper $3.9225 $3.8575
Supplement $0.9300 $0.9100
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