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Summer Food Service Program


Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy time with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. But for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.

The Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department of Education, provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months. There are many summer food service program feedings sites across the state of Iowa, however the program is still vastly under-utilized. The biggest barrier to children participating in the Summer Food Service Program is knowledge that feedings sites exist.

Please click below to view all of the 2014 SFSP Open Site locations across the state of Iowa.

2014 Open Feeding Sites

Find free summer meals for kids in your community.  Call the United Way 2-1-1 line or the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) to find a free, nutritious summer meal site near you.

Summer Food Service Program feeding sites operate either as "open" or "enrolled" sites.

  • Open sites operate in low-income areas where half or more of the children are from households with income at or below 185% of the Federal poverty guidelines. Meals are provided at no charge to any child at the open site.
  • Enrolled sites provide meals only to children who are enrolled in an activity program, such as a day camp at the site. In order for an enrolled site to participate in the program, at least 50% of the children must be from households with incomes at or below 185% of the poverty level.

Residential camps and nonresidential camps may participate regardless of the location and are reimbursed only for eligible participants.

SFSP Programs in Iowa

If interested in obtaining information on Summer Food Service site locations, dates of operation, meals served and times of meal service, please contact the appropriate sponsor from the file below. Note not all counties have SFSP sponsors.

Summer 2014 Program Sponsors

2015 SFSP Guides

Please refer to the following guides while planning and implementing your summer food service program.

Administrative Guide for Sponsors
Monitors Guide
Nutrition Guide
Site Supervisors Guide
Site Supervisors Guide - Spanish Translation
Site Supervisors Reference Card
Site Supervisors Reference Card - Spanish Translation
Food Safety in SFSP Resource

USDA Summer Meals Toolkit - The Summer Meals toolkit is designed for individuals and organizations interested in serving as Summer Meal champions in their communities at any level of program administration.

View the Exploring the New USDA Summer Meals Toolkit webcast.

Summer Food Promotional Toolkit
This toolkit was developed in partnership with the Midwest Dairy council. The contents of the toolkit were to designed to help Summer Food Service Program sponsors to spread the word about their feeding sites and to increase participation.

Advertising Flyer - Lunch Only
Advertising Flyer - Breakfast and Lunch
News Release - Donations And Volunteers
News Release - Feed Kids for Free - Updated
Lawn Sign - Lunch Only
Lawn Sign - Breakfast and Lunch
Banner - Lunch Only
Banner - Breakfast and Lunch
USDA Meet Up Flyer
USDA Meet Up Flyer - Spanish Translation

How to Start a SFSP?
A Guide To Starting The Summer Food Service Program In Your Community

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 27, 2015 at 10:53am.