Summer Food Service Program Updates for May 14, 2018

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Summer Food Service Program Updates for May 14, 2018

Now Available:

The online SFSP Refresher training course is now available! This course is designed for those who have operated the SFSP successfully in the past and need a brief refresher on program requirements before the summer begins. Access online training courses on the SFSP Training webpage.

USDA SFSP Handbooks are available on the USDA SFSP webpage. Updated versions may be posted in the upcoming months, but we don’t anticipate significant changes. If you need to print copies of handbooks for training staff, use the versions currently available.   


The 2018 Administrative Review List is posted on the SFSP Monitoring webpage. New SFSP sponsors are not included on this list, but will receive a state agency administrative review in the first year of operation. An MDE nutrition consultant will contact you to schedule a review. Site reviews may occur at any time throughout the summer and may be announced or unannounced.


Other Resources and Trainings:

Resources to help households locate SFSP sites:

  • Download the Summer Eats Minnesota app.
  • Call the 2-1-1 Hotline or from cell phones – Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
  • Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-HAMBRE, available from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Central Time.
  • Text "Summer Meals" to 97779. Spanish speakers, text "Verano" to 97779.


Upcoming USDA Summer Meals Program webinars


Next Steps:

How to Submit SFSP Applications

  • Visit the MDE SFSP Applications webpage for application instructions. 
  • When entering applications in CLiCS, select Program Year 2019.
  • Remember to submit a site application in CLiCS for each location where meals are served and verify site application approval in CLiCS before beginning meal service.
  • Meals cannot be claimed for reimbursement if served prior to the date of site application approval.


Promote SFSP Sites

  • Visit the SFSP Outreach and Promotion webpage for template media releases and other promotional materials.
  • Promote open sites to the public. 
  • Inform potential participants at closed enrolled/camp sites that the site is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).


Complete Training/Train Staff

  • The SFSP Training webpage contains a link to online sponsor training.
  • Sponsors must keep abreast of current program requirements and annually train staff.
  • Some of the online training lessons may also be used to train monitoring and site staff.
  • Maintain documentation of training, including a sign-in sheet and agenda.


School Food Authorities – Submit a Request for Health Inspection Funds

  • Form is available on the SFSP Claims and Reimbursement webpage.
  • Requests must be submitted by September 1.
  • Reimbursement will be provided only to schools that are approved to participate in SFSP during the current year.

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