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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free breakfast, lunch, snack and/or 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.

Free meals are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in eligible areas across the state. SFSP sponsoring organizations are operated by public and private nonprofit school food authorities, public or private, nonprofit residential and nonresidential camps, local, municipal, county or state governments, public or private colleges or universities participating in the National Youth Sports Program and private, nonprofit organizations.

How to Apply

Application Instructions

Sponsors must complete a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) application in the Colorado Nutrition Portal each year.

Use the following resources to assist with the application.

*Please note you must have and login to a Moodle account to access the recording.

New Sponsor Forms and Site Links

  • New User Request Form - fill out this form to request access or modify users in the Colorado Nutrition Portal.
  • New Site Request Form - fill out this form to request new site additions to your application in the Colorado Nutrition Portal.
  • Mapping Tools - Use this tool to evaluate the previous summer's performance as well as plan for the next summer.

Application Deadlines

The application approval process can take up to two weeks to complete, especially when participating in multiple child nutrition programs. You will not be able to submit a claim until your renewal application is approved.

New sponsor application deadline is April 15.

Returning sponsor application deadline is May 1.

Become a Sponsor

How to Claim

Sponsors must follow the counting and claiming procedures under the Summer Food Service Program.

Daily Meal Count Form

Download Daily Meal Count Form in English:

Download Daily Meal Count Form in Spanish:

Claim Deadlines

Reimbursement claims are due 60 days after the end of each month.

Claim instructions Summer Food Service Program

Sample Daily Meal Count Form

Program Requirements

Below are all of the forms and guides that you need to have a comprehensive understanding of the program requirements.

Policy & Guidance

Administrative & Operational Resources:

Site Eligibility

Eligibility Resources:

Establish Eligibility

Income Eligibility

This is only required if your site uses income applications to establish eligibility.

Eligibility Resources

Eligibility Maps

Menu Planning & Meal Patterns

Additional Resources


Procurement Requirements

All sponsors must have written procurement procedures. Tailor the template below to reflect your policies.

Procurement Resources

Financial Management

Financial Requirements

Use the tracking tool below to document all program costs and income.

Financial Resources

Funds and Costs Resources:

Program Monitoring

Site visits are required for new sites and sites with operational problems in the previous year. Site visits must take place within the first two weeks of operation. Site reviews are required for all sites and must take place within the first four weeks of operation. 

For sites that require a site visit and site review, the review can take place at the time of the site visit. 

Required Documentation

Sponsor Documentation Resources:

Food Safety

Learn how to ensure food safety for your Summer Food Service Program below.

Find Your Local Health Department

Sponsors must request a health inspection for all meal sites. Meal sites participating in other child nutrition programs may document health inspection requests from those programs.

Health Inspection Request Template (DOC)

Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

The Seamless Summer Option (SSO) allows school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program to provide free summer meals to children in low income areas during the traditional summer vacation periods and, for year-round schools, during school vacation periods longer than 15 school days (or for breaks of shorter periods of time if approved by the CDE Office of School Nutrition).

The SSO is designed to allow SFAs to continue the same meal service rules and claiming procedures used during the regular school year. Site designations for the SSO are similar to those for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the same NSLP and SBP rules apply for meal service. Meals served are reimbursed at the NSLP and/or SBP free rates.

Seamless Summer Option Resources

Source Local Food

Learn how to source local food for your Summer Food Service Program below.

Program Resources: