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Summer Food Service Program

Washington Child Nutrition Providers Honored with “Extra Mile Award”

OSPI would like to thank the child nutrition heroes who persisted against many challenges during the pandemic. You have been the rock in every community you serve and we celebrate your heroism during this past year. Congratulations!

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Locate a Summer Meal Site

Summer Meals Locator
1-8663-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479)
or text "Summer Meals" to 97779

Summer Meals Locator
1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) 
or text "Comida" to 877-877

Contact Information

Summer Food Service Program


Good nutrition is essential for effective learning every day, all year long. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Summer meal programs help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months.

Summer sponsors receive payments for serving healthy meals and snacks to children 18 years of age and younger. Meal sites must be located in lower-income areas and must be approved to operate by the state agency. An overview of the program is provided in the Summer Food Service Program Reference Sheet.

Organizations interested in participating in the SFSP can visit the

Administering the SFSP

Program Operations

  • Food Service Management Companies (FSMC)- Program sponsors may contract with a  a commercial enterprise or nonprofit organization that manages any aspect of the organization’s food service program.
  • Menu Planning and Meal Patterns -Discover the components of the nutritious, well-balanced, and age-appropriate meals served.
  • Purchasing/ Procurement for Federal Programs - Sponsors are reimbursed through OSPI with funds from the USDA. Receiving public funds means sponsors are responsible to follow ethical business and purchasing practices set by USDA regulations.
  • Resources- Proven tools gathered to help with your program.
  • Required Program Training- All sponsors must meet minimum training requirements. 

Elevate Your Program

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that participate in the National School Lunch Program may choose to operate the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) instead of the SFSP. Refer to the Comparison of Programs to help you determine the best program for your LEA.


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