The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school.
The Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers SFSP at the Federal level. State education agencies administer the program in Maryland. In Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the SFSP operates by providing free meals to groups of children. The children can be at an Open Site or an enrolled Camp Site. AACPS Food & Nutrition Services receives federal funding from USDA, through their State agencies, for the meals they serve. Open sites operate in low-income areas where at least half of the children come from families with incomes at or below 185 percent of the Federal poverty level, making them eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Meals are served free to any child at the open site. Enrolled sites provide free meals to children enrolled in an activity program at the site where at least half of them are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
The SFSP meal patterns allow for the nutritious appealing meals that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The meal patterns require certain food components, food groups, with specific food items.
Summer of 2016   82,260
Summer of 2015   87,362
Summer of 2014   85,091
Summer of 2013   86,692
Summer of 2012   66,317

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program call 410-222-5900 or email jrisse@aacps.org