The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that children in lower-income areas would continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.
The Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), administers the SFSP at the federal level, while the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) administers the program at the state level. Locally, it is operated by sponsors who apply for and are approved to operate the program.
In 2006, USDA modified the federal regulations to reduce some of the administrative burden associated with operating the program. Due to the reduction in cost accounting procedures, Washington State refers to the Summer Food Service Program as the SSFP.
Last summer, breakfast, lunch, and snacks were served to children by 136 sponsors in
30 of the 39 counties in Washington. Sponsors participating in the summer of 2012 were as follows:
- Schools (public and private) 75
- Private nonprofit organizations 37
- Indian tribes 6
- City and county governments 11
- Colleges and universities with Upward Bound Programs 3
- Residential camps 4
This last summer meals were served at 793 sites statewide to an average of 41,012 children each day.
For more information, contact:
Donna Parsons, Director, Child Nutrition Services, at (360)
725-6200 or by e-mail at
The agency TTY number is (360) 664-3631.