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Summer Food Service Program Grant Guide

Summer Food Service Program

Funding Source: Federal CFDA #10.559

Grant Program Name: Summer Food Service Program

Applications must be approved prior to the start of the summer program. Sponsors requesting advance funding must submit applications by April 15.

Application Information
Applications are filed through
CN Pears, an Internet based application and reimbursement system. New applicants receive basic information and pre-approval forms to be completed prior to accessing the system. All applicants must file an application annually and agree to attend training each year.

Program Description
The Summer Food Service Program is a federal child nutrition program that provides reimbursement for meals served by non-profit, public and governmental agencies to children through age 18 attending activities at approved SFSP sites. The primary intent of the program is to improve the diets of children so that they may return to school in the fall ready to learn.

Restrictions on Funding
Program sponsors must be non-profit, public or governmental agencies. Program sites must be located in a geographic area determined by census or school data to meet income eligibility requirements, or meet established eligibility through alternate means.

Eligible Entities and/or Partners
Non-profit, public or governmental agencies are eligible to sponsor the program.

Method of Distribution

Beginning January 1, 2008 all SFSP sponsors will receive the maximum “meals times rates” operating and administrative reimbursements without regard to their actual costs. Sponsors may combine their reimbursements to pay for any allowable cost, whether operating or administrative.

Under these new procedures:

  • Sponsors do not have to report their costs to the State agency, although they must maintain records for the State agency’s review.
  • Costs do not have to be categorized as “operational” or administrative”.
  • Reimbursement is based on “meals times rates”, without comparison to actual or budgeted costs.
  • Reimbursement rates are adjusted annually.

PDE Bureau/Agency Responsible
Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management, Division of Food and Nutrition.
Telephone Number 800-331-0129 or email at RA.SFSP@pa.gov

For additional information, please contact:

Vonda Cooke (Fekete) | Division Chief
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Division of Food and Nutrition
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 800.331.0129
RA-NSLP@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us