School and Community Nutrition

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Published: 5/14/2024 9:48 AM
​Summer is a time for connection, exploration, and fun!  Summer meal programs help ensure children and teens have the nutrition they need to do just that.  Free summer meals, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are available to children and teens ages 18 and under at thousands of summer meal sites across the state.  At open or drop-in sites, families do not need to apply to the program or show proof of income to participate.  At enrolled sites, meals are available for free but prior sign-up is required.

Meals are served at safe places, such as schools, churches, parks, and community centers.  Many supervised sites offer fun learning and recreational activities as well as free meals.

 At most sites, meals are served and eaten on site, known as the congregate meal service requirement.  Now, programs operating in eligible rural areas without access to a congregate site may be able to offer meals to-go via non-congregate meal service models like grab and go, parent pick-up, drive-thru, and home delivery.

 You can help by being a meal site, volunteering at a meal site, or even becoming a Sponsor.  For program information, or to find a site near where you live, visit the USDA Summer Food Service Program Website​ and the KY Kids Eat Website .  For more details, enter your contact information here.  An SFSP representative will contact you with next steps.  ​​


The following waivers have been submitted for the operation of SFSP in Kentucky:​

​​​- Waiver Request to Allow Flexibility of School or Non-school Meal Sites During Unanticipated School Closure

Waiver Request to Allow Non-congregate Summer Meals Due to Excessive Heat

- ​Waiver Request - Jefferson County Public Schools August 2023

​Waiver Request Non-Congregate 23-24

- Waiver Request Non-Congregate and Timeframe 23-24

Waiver Request SFSP Summer 2024 and SY 2024-2025 12l Waiver Checklist

- Waiver Request Pre-Operative Visits


​Health Inspections

For health departments completing health inspections at summer feeding sites please navigate to the Health Inspections Resources page.

For participating sponsors, please access all forms via SponsorNet​, file your claim via CNIPS​ and access current policy memos on the USDA FNS Policy Memos page.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement​

Cathy Gallagher
Office of Finance and Operations
Division of School and Community Nutrition
300 Sower Blvd., 5th floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5625 Ext. 4933
Fax (502) 564-5519
KY Kids Eat
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