Summer Food Service Program Updates

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Summer Food Service Program Updates for the Week of March 19, 2018

Training Opportunities – New eLearning Option is Now Available!

Visit the SFSP Training webpage to access the new online training courses.

New this year, Minnesota is piloting the Brighton online Summer Food Program (SFSP) eLearning modules! Check it out and let us know what you think.  Rather than spending an entire day in the classroom and travelling, stay home or in your office and try these friendly, colorful, and interactive learning modules. Each of these four lessons has between three and eight topics. Each topic takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. You can start and stop after each topic or binge watch right through the total 19 topic areas to complete your basic training. When you finish, test your new skills by taking the four quizzes, one for each lesson, to see how ready you are to take on the summer program this year. You’ll need to complete the courses and quizzes to get your certificate of completion. Spread the word, now all SFSP staff can attend training without having to travel or spend an entire day in the classroom.

In addition to Basics training there is also a 45-minute Civil Rights course that everyone needs. A SFSP Refresher will be available in mid-April for those of you who’ve previously administered the summer food program. The SFSP Refresher includes three short courses, one of which is a shorter version of the 45 minute Civil Rights course, so your training is really compact.

A few in-person workshops will also be offered for staff who prefer to learn in a classroom setting. There is a registration form located on the SFSP training webpage. If you take the online courses, you won’t need to attend an in-person workshop! However, the classroom courses have been shortened, so even if you choose to attend the in-person workshops you’ll still be asked to take the online courses as a pre-requisite. Those who register for an in-person workshop must view the online Basics courses prior to attending an in-person workshop.

A registration link for the in-person workshops is available on the SFSP Training webpage.

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Program Applications and Interest Survey

The 2018 summer food program applications are now available in CLiCS.  Submitted applications are due May 1. From the application screen in CLiCS, select Program Year 2019 when applying. Application instructions are available on the SFSP webpage in the Applications section. If your organization is new to summer food and interested in becoming a new SFSP sponsor, complete this Interest Survey. Renewing SFSP sponsors Do Not need to submit a declaration of intent this year on the SFSP webpage.

Not planning to renew your SFSP application this summer? Please send a message to and let us know the reason.

Are you wondering if a site is eligible to participate as an open site in the SFSP?

  • To be open to all children in the area, a site must be located where at least 50 percent of the children are eligible for free/reduced-price meals.
  • Public school and census data are used to determine eligible areas. Once a site is determined area eligible, the eligibility is good for five years.
  • Check out the list of schools that are eligible based on school data or view the Child Nutrition Program Eligibility Map to see school- and census-eligible areas.
  • To check a site’s eligibility on the map, open the map and select the Summer Meal Programs bar on the right. Census-eligible areas will be shaded pink and school data-eligible areas will be dotted. Type in a site address at the top of the map and select Map Address. If the red balloon is in a pink shaded area, or a dotted area, the site is area eligible.

Sponsors can check the dates of eligibility for renewing SFSP sites in CLiCS on the 2018 SFSP site application, in the site participation eligibility section.

If a site is not area eligible, but is serving a group of children and over 50 percent of them are eligible for free/reduced-price meals, other methods may be used to qualify the site. For more information, check out the site eligibility section in the USDA Administrative Guidance for Sponsors or contact our office.

View the 2018 Reimbursement Rates for SFSP.

View the 2018 Adult Meal Prices and Guidance on offering adult meals in the SFSP.

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2018 SFSP Grant offered by Second Harvest Heartland (SHH) – Now Open!

In partnership with No Kid Hungry, the national anti-hunger campaign under Share Our Strength, SHH is offering grants of up to $5,000 dollars to increase participation in SFSP across SHH’s service area.

For more information, visit the Second Harvest Heartland website.

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