Identifying and Connecting with an SFSP Meal Sponsor

  • Go to the USDA’s Capacity Builder Map to identify existing sites and their meal sponsors. Input your library address. Select the box for the previous summer’s SFSP meal sites to see SFSP sites near you and to identify the sponsoring meal provider for those locations.
  • For California libraries, visit California Department of Education’s Summer Meal Sponsor/Site Map to identify existing sites and their meal sponsors.
  • Contact the local meal sponsor(s), and initiate a conversation.
  • If there are no SFSP sites near you and you are in an eligible area, consider contacting the nearby school district Nutrition Director or the local food bank that serves your area, to discuss the possibility of using your library as a meal site.

Helpful Resources:

USDA How to Participate in Summer Meals

USDA Site Supervisor Guide (SFSP)

USDA Summer Meals Toolkit

USDA’s Area Eligibility Map

USDA Capacity Builder

CDE Summer Meal Sponsor/Site Map

Food Research and Action Center
Conference Call and Webinar Recordings – Summer Meals Matter

Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry Campaign
Summer Meals

Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs)

Some agencies may require a formal agreement for participation. Below are some samples.

Food Safety, People Safety

At the site training, the meal sponsor sponsor will provide detailed information about adhering to local, state, and federal food and health safety standards. For the safety of the children and to maintain site and sponsor integrity, it is imperative that the library complies with the standards rigorously and exactly as the sponsor demonstrated in the training. Failure to comply can result in the site being closed down or jeopardize the sponsor’s ability to operate the program. In some communities, the health inspector may visit sites.