Nutrition and Wellness Programs

Summer Food Service Program

Everybody Wins with Summer Food!

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was instituted to provide nutritious meals to children during the summer months when school is not in session. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Sponsoring organizations include:

SFSP 2014 Maximum Reimbursement Rates

Combined (Operating and Administrative)
Rural or Self-Prep Other
Breakfast $2.0225 $1.9850
Lunch/Supper $3.5450 $3.4875
Supplement $0.8400 $0.8225

An alternative to the SFSP for providing meals to your children in the summer months is the Seamless Summer Option, formerly Seamless Summer Waiver. This program is available to local education agencies that already participate in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP). Some school food service authorities feel the Seamless Summer Option better meets their needs and requires less paperwork and monitoring requirements than the SFSP. Click below on Seamless Summer Option for more information. Please remember that schools who offer academic summer school only will not be able to participate in either program unless they open their doors to the community; otherwise, the schools must extend their NSLP/SBP to include these months.

updated For sponsors who participated in SFSP during summer 2013; please note, there is a NEW online application system (WINS) so do NOT enter any information into ACES or IWAS. We will keep you up-to-date on how this new system will work and when you will be able to submit your summer application.

New sponsor applications will be accepted from March 10, 2014 through June 15, 2014; visit the New Sponsors tab below (blue box). New Sponsors must attend a full-day sponsor training; dates and locations of the workshops are posted on the Workshop Information page.