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School Nutrition:
Summer Food Service Program

Find a summer food site in your community

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

Use the buttons on the left to find important resources for program administration, as well as outreach and promotion resources.

Text “Lunch” to 877-877 to find sites nearest you or call 800-809-4752.

Montana Summer Food Service Program Activity Toolkit
Download the brand new Montana SFSP Activity Toolkit! Please take advantage of this multi-dimensional activity toolkit, packed full of resources and innovative ideas to start or enhance your SFSP activity programming. Included are: innovative activities and websites, community resources, giveaways, monthly activity calendars, activity instructions, and volunteer networks.

Summer Food Summit 2014Montana Summer Food Summit 2014
Growing Summer Food Programs
Presented by the Office of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Programs
April 24th and 25th, Great Northern Hotel, Helena

The Montana Summer Food Summit 2014 is for administrators and staff of the Summer Food Service Program. This summit will:

  • Allow participants to network with people from around the state who are involved in the SFSP.
  • Provide resources and technical support for new and experienced SFSP sites and sponsors.
  • Provide an opportunity to plan for summer 2014.
  • Give participants an opportunity to share stories, brainstorm ideas, and celebrate successes with others who are devoted to ending hunger.
  • Provide a required SFSP training on April 25th.

Deadline for registration has been extended to April 21st. The Great Northern Hotel will hold a block of rooms for the nights of April 23rd and 24th on a first-come, first-served basis until April 4th. Attendees in need of lodging should make their own arrangements directly by calling the hotel (406) 457-5500 and asking for a room in the OPI Summer summit room block.
Summit Registration  and Save the Date

2014 Summer Food Service Program Training
The Office of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Programs will provide required SFSP sponsor training at several regional locations during the month of May. These trainings are required for all sponsors of the SFSP. Deadline for registration is April 30th. Please note that if you attend the training held on April 25th at the Montana Summer Food Summit 2014, you will not need to attend a regional training.
SFSP Training Registration


Program Information:
SFSP Summer 2014 Newsletter

 Sponsor Applications and Claims

boy with baseball gloveStarting a Summer Food Site

View the following resources for more information on starting a Summer Food site in your community:

Montana's Guide to Starting the Summer Food Service Program

Montana Food Bank Network’s Guide to Starting a Summer Food Site

Involving schools, nonprofits and local government in starting a SFSP:
Schools Outreach Brochure
Nonprofit Outreach Brochure
Government Outreach Brochure

Involving parents in starting a SFSP: Use these materials to gather parent input on how to best structure your program.
Parent Survey Letter
Parent Survey Postcard

To begin the process of starting a Summer Food site, please contact Sofia Janik at 406.444.2521 or

summer sunProgram Administration

2014 Reimbursement Rates 
Sponsors are reimbursed per meal served to children.

All the forms you’ll need to stay organized and ensure a successful review.

Administrative and nutrition guidance for sponsors and site personnel.

SFSP USDA Foods Ordering Instructions
Step-by-step directions on how to order USDA commodity foods for your summer program.

For assistance, please contact Sofia Janik at 406.444.2521 or
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Menu Resources

Meal Pattern Requirements - SFSP

Summer Food Model Menus

Purchasing High-Quality Summer Meals

Fresh from the Farm
Using Local Foods in the Afterschool and Summer Nutrition Programs

Production Records – your most important menu planning tool!
Production Record - SFSP
Production Record - SFSP Infant
Production Record - SFSP Migrant

Production Records Sample
Production Record Guide

2014 Summer Newsletter


Use these great resources to get the word out about your summer food program!

No Kid Hungry Outreach Calendar
Marketing your summer food program can be much easier with the community outreach calendar. This resource is full of innovative and fun strategies to effectively promote your summer food program to bring more hungry kids to your site and keep them coming throughout the summer. We recommend you picking a track to commit to follow in order to get the most out of your outreach plan, but you may also pick and choose different strategies that you think will work best in your community.

SFSP Summer Outreach 2014 Newsletter
Highlights five places to find useful, free outreach materials for your sites.

Summer Food Service Program Sites Map
Locate your nearest summer food site and find information on hours, meals served, etc. Great to share with parents!

Type directly into these PDFs to create and print your own personalized outreach materials:
Bookmark for Sites With Activities
Bookmark for Sites Without Activities
Bookmarks for sending home with students before the end of the school year.

Doorhangers for Sites With Activities
Doorhangers for Sites Without Activities
Hang these on doors in neighborhoods near your site.

Flyer for Sites With Activities
Flyer for Sites Without Activities
Post these flyers to display your location, hours, and contact information.

Parent Letter for Sites With Activities
Parent Letter for Sites Without Activities
Send this information home to parents before the end of the school year.

Outreach Postcard
Mail these postcards or include them with student take-home materials to comply with the SFSP outreach requirement.