Good nutrition is essential for effective learning every day, all year
long. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the
need for good nutrition. Children who aren’t hungry learn better, act
better, and feel better. The summer feeding programs help children get the
nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months
when they are out of school.
The USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that
children in lower-income areas would continue to receive nutritious meals during
long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or
Summer sponsors receive payments for serving healthy meals and snacks to children 18 years of age and younger. Meal sites must be located in lower-income areas and must be approved to operate by the state agency.
Sponsors eligible to participate in the programs are:
- Public or private nonprofit schools.
- Education Service Districts.
- Units of local, municipal, county, or state government.
- Public or private nonprofit residential summer camps.
- Public or private nonprofit colleges and universities sponsoring the Upward Bound Program.
- Private, nonprofit organizations.
The two summer programs available are the:
Comparison of Programs can help you determine the best program for you.
Please refer to the Washington State Child Nutrition Programs booklet for program specific participation statistics.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
Summer Food Programs Contacts
Summer Food and Special Projects Supervisor
Free Summer Food Contact Number:
TTY number (360) 664-3631