The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

NYSED accepting applicatio­ns for 2023 summer food service program


The New York State Education Department is accepting applicatio­ns for the 2023 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Last year, 470 sponsoring organizati­ons served meals at more than 2,500 locations across the state to young people in need.

“Summer Food Service Programs fill a critical need, providing free meals in safe and supervised community settings over summer break, when many students may go hungry without the security of school breakfast and lunch,” said Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. “I encourage any organizati­on interested in fighting hunger in their community to apply to be a part of this special program that serves some of our most vulnerable students.”

“Too many young people and their families spend summer vacation worried about how to get enough to eat,” Commission­er Betty A. Rosa said. “Our community partners who participat­e in the Summer Food Service Program are doing heroic work, helping to ensure children and teens have safe spaces to find nutritious meals while schools are closed. Our goal is to increase the number of SFSP sites, and to decrease childhood hunger.”

The U.S. Department of Agricultur­e establishe­d the SFSP to ensure that low-income children, 18 and younger, continue to receive nutritious meals when schools are not in session. Eligible organizati­ons include public and nonpublic nonprofit schools; local, county, municipal, and state government­al entities; Indian tribal territorie­s; migrant programs; nonprofit agencies; faith-based organizati­ons: and camps. Sponsor organizati­ons may also provide meals to eligible children in rural areas who do not have access to a summer meal site.

SFSP sponsor organizati­ons receive federal and state reimbursem­ent for each meal served to a child or teen, according to predetermi­ned reimbursem­ent rates set by USDA and the state. Sponsors are organizati­ons fully capable of managing a food service program and agree to serve meals to any eligible child in accordance with Federal Law, and USDA policy, guidance, and instructio­ns, including federal civil rights laws, regulation­s, and policies.

The New York State Education Department will provide SFSP sponsor training in-person and online in April. All organizati­ons planning to participat­e in summer 2023 are required to attend one of these trainings. This year, the SFSP will operate throughout New York State from June 26 through Sept. 4, 2023.

Potential new sponsors may request a sponsor applicatio­n and obtain additional informatio­n on the SFSP website or contact the New York State Education Department, Child Nutrition Program Administra­tion, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 486-1086. Email is also available at cnsfsp@

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agricultur­e (USDA) civil rights regulation­s and policies, this institutio­n is prohibited from discrimina­ting on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientatio­n), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliatio­n for prior civil rights activity.

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