Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

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Children in your community do not need to go hungry this summer. During the school year, nutritious meals are available through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). These programs end when school ends for the summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps fill the hunger gap.

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Summer Meals Policy Waiver Request Public Notification

To ensure access to Summer Meals by Connecticut residents, the CSDE has submitted policy waiver requests to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) seeking approval to continue practices that support the availability and provision of safe, healthy meals to Connecticut’s children during the summer months. On October 11, 2018, the USDA FNS issued policy memorandum SFSP 01-2019. As part of an ongoing review, and in response to a 2017 USDA Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) report concerning FNS’s oversight of the SFSP, six policies previously waived for all states now require each state to request its own waiver requests to FNS. The OIG report indicated that the process by which the FNS granted these policy waivers was in question, not the program flexibilities themselves. The state-level policy waiver requests allow the  CSDE to explain to the FNS how these practices support the efficient and effective operations of a compliant SFSP in Connecticut. The CSDE has requested the six policy flexibilities below.

  • Waiver 1: Waiving first week SFSP site visits for returning sites that successfully operated the previous summer with no serious deficiency findings
  • Waiver 2: Waiving first week SFSP site visits for school food authority sponsors in good standing with their SBP and NSLP
  • Waiver 3: Waiving first week site visits for SFSP and NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsors in good standing with their NSLP and/or Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Waiver 4: Extending the offer versus serve meal service model to non-SFA sponsors
  • Waiver 5: Waiving mealtime requirements regarding the minimum amount of time that must elapse between meals while maintaining that sponsors must continue to establish meal-service times
  • Waiver 6: Extending area eligibility to closed enrolled sites

The program flexibilities listed above were previously in place nationally, but no longer apply. The CSDE has requested to continue these policies to prevent significant and immediate burden on many Connecticut Summer Meals sponsors, allow for effective and efficient meal service at Summer Meals sites, and ensure access to Summer Meals by Connecticut residents.


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