Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. When school is out, SFSP provides free meals in low-income areas to kids and teens 18 years and younger. 


The Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs (OSCNP) at the Maryland State Department of Education provides leadership in administering five federal nutrition programs and state nutrition initiatives. OSCNP collaborates with community partners and stakeholders to maximize access for program participants to enhance their health and readiness to learn.


About the Summer Food Service Program

How does it work?
The SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program that reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer months when school is not in session. The program merges summer activity and enrichment programs with a federal meal reimbursement program.

Note: The 2023 Summer Food Service Program has ended. Please check back in June 2024 to locate nearby free summer meals sites for summer 2024.


Learn more about the SFSP

  • SFSP Fact Sheets (English and Spanish) from USDA provides an overview of the program, eligibility details, nutrition requirements, and other information

  • USDA SFSP Meal Patterns outlines the age and grade-specific meal pattern and nutrient requirements

  • Summer Meals Toolkit from USDA gives state administrators, program operators, and community partners creative ideas and resources to make summer meal planning easy, raise awareness, overcome barriers and serve nutritious food that is appealing to children

  • Summer Food, Summer Moves Resource Kit from USDA is a fun, hands-on resource kit designed to get kids and families excited about healthy eating and physical activity during the summer months. The kit is designed for use by summer meal site operators and focuses on using music, games, art, and movement to motivate kids and families to choose more fruits and vegetables, choose water instead of sugary drinks, get enough physical activity every day, and to limit screen time


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