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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free breakfast, lunch, snack and supper to youth in Colorado all summer long. Anyone 18 years of age and younger is welcome to eat a meal with their friends at participating sites throughout the summer.


Operating the Summer Food Service Program during a pandemic has brought new challenges. The Summer Food Service Toolkit  (PDF) was created to help SFSP sponsors navigate current waivers and operations. The toolkit includes current regulations and flexibilities, safety recommendations during COVID-19, administrative operations, eligibility, menu planning and production, and additional resources.


Learn more about how to apply, including:

  • Application Instructions
  • Application Deadlines
  • Sponsor Checklist

  • Fact Sheet
  • Mapping Tools
  • Summer Meal Calculator


Learn more about how to submit a reimbursement claim, including:

  • Reimbursement Rates
  • Claim Instructions
  • Upload Instructions

  • Deadlines
  • Common Claim Questions
  • Meal Count Forms 


Learn more about program requirements, including:

  • Menu planning
  • Financial management
  • Required Documentation

  • Procurement
  • Program policy and guidance
  • Training


Learn more about the outreach toolkit, including:

  • How sponsors, sites, and partner organizations can use these tools to communicate and inform families of nearby summer meal sites.


Frequently Requested:


Need more information? Contact the Summer team at summermealprogram@cde.state.co.us with questions. View School Nutrition waivers.