Each summer, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) provide meals for thousands of low-income children in Connecticut when school is out and children no longer have access to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). However, these programs do not reach all low-income children who face food insecurity during the summer months.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) began the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Demonstration Project (Summer Meals on the Move) to address the problem of food insecurity during the summer months. Connecticut was one of the states selected by the USDA to operate Summer Meals on the Move.
In 2018, the USDA reissued funding for Summer Meals on the Move. The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in partnership with the Department of Social Services (DSS), is providing Summer Meals on the Move during summer 2018. This program allows eligible school districts to provide selected families an additional resource to combat hunger in the communities where they live, while strengthening the existing summer food programs.
Nondiscrimination Statements (USDA and CSDE)