The New York Education Department is accepting applications for the Summer Food Service Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Education Department is now accepting applications for the 2024 Summer Food Service Program. The SFSP ensures that children from low-income families receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

“Ensuring access to free summer meals is not just a commitment to nourishing young minds, but a pledge to empower students with the sustenance they need for a brighter future,” said Commissioner Betty A. Rosa. “By providing these meals, our partners across the state are investing in each student’s potential, fostering an environment where every child can thrive, regardless of economic circumstances.”

Sponsored organizations will receive reimbursement for every meal served to a child or teenager. Reimbursement rates are predetermined by the USDA and the state.

Eligible organizations for summer meal programs include non-profit schools, local and state governmental entities, Indian tribal territories, migrant programs, non-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, and camps.

Sponsor organizations can provide meal pick-up locations for parents or guardians of eligible children in rural areas who do not have access to a summer meal site. Additionally, sponsor organizations can also home-deliver meals to such eligible children.

Applications can be submitted online. Additional information is available on the New York State Education Department website. Organizations that were operational last year will receive a notification to renew online in early spring.

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