What is the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)?

  • The SFSP provides nutritious meals to children age 18 and under during the summer months when school lunch and breakfast programs are not operating. Meals are delivered free of charge to qualifying program Sites such as day camps, childcare, summer schools, and other non-profit programs that serve children.
  • The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.
  • Saint Louis County Department of Human Services is the local Sponsor for Sites in Saint Louis County. We assist new and existing program Sites with application, and we train the staff and volunteers of organizations so they can receive meals and serve them to children.

What types of organizations can become Sites of meal service?

  • Schools, public and private, in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Summer day camp programs
  • Non-profit child-care, vacation bible schools, and
  • Other non-profit organizations serving children ages 18 and under

What facilities are required at a Site?

A Site can be anywhere that is accessible, accommodates children, and meets sanitary and storage requirements. Sites can be indoors or outdoors e.g. a school cafeteria, park, or church.

What meals can be served?

Participating Sites may serve one or both of the following meal types:

  • Breakfast – milk; vegetable, fruit or juice; grain or bread
  • Lunch – milk; two different vegetables and/or fruits; meat; grain or bread

How are meals provided?

Meals are prepared to USDA specifications by a vender. The vender delivers the meals to each Site from daily orders placed by our central office.

What determines the eligibility of a Site to participate?

A Site may be eligible through one of two designations:

  • Open Site – located in a designated area where at least half of the children are eligible for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or
  • Enrolled Site – where at least half of the children enrolled at the site are eligible for free or reduced price meals based on Income Eligibility Applications.

Training and record keeping:

All Sites are required to attend Site Supervisor Training prior to the start of their meal service and keep meal count records/ delivery receipts. Department of Human Services provides the training, collects records, conducts reviews, and assists site Supervisors with any concerns.

How to Apply:

Please complete the application form and email to [email protected], or contact County Youth Programs staff  at 314 615-4429 for more information.

Our Mailing address is:

Summer Food Service Program
Department of Human Services
500 Northwest Plaza, Suite 800
St. Ann, MO 63074

Phone: 314-615-4429
Fax: 314-615-7619
E-mail: [email protected]

Your application must be reviewed and approved for eligibility by the Department of Human Services and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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