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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.

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:

Governor Polis issued a proclamation announcing July as Summer Meals for Kids and Teens Awareness Month! The proclamation recognizes the importance of summer meals to help kids and teens return to school ready to learn. Check it out here

2018 Colorado Turnip the Beet Winners! 

The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding summer meal program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months. Congratulations to the four Colorado Sponsors who received this award in 2018! Check out the pictures below to see what made these sponsors stand out for their high meal quality! 


Click here to learn how you can improve meal quality at your own summer sites and be nominated for this award in the future! 

2019 State-Wide Goals

SFSP - Summer 3

The School Nutrition Unit has been busy evaluating the impact of the 2018 summer meals program and setting goals to reach more youth in 2019. The first 2019 goal is to increase access in underserved areas, specifically Prowers, Gilpin and Eagle counties, by maximizing the types of meal services offered (e.g. adding breakfast, snack or supper) and implementing innovative feeding models (e.g. mobile meals and non-traditional site locations). The second goal for 2019 is to increase program participation through community outreach and promotion and sponsor training and support.

Please use the USDA Capacity Builder Map to locate opportunities to reach more kids in your community and visit the Outreach Toolkit to download materials to help promote your program. To learn more about School Nutrition's strategic plan and how you can get involved, contact Ashley Moen at or 303-866-6653.

Public Notice

Per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Policy Bulletin SP15-2018, CACFP12-2018, SFSP05-2018, state agencies must submit requests to waive Child Nutrition Program requirements to their Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regional office. The CDE School Nutrition Unit has submitted the following state-wide waivers to the Mountain Plains Regional Office for the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option flexibilities and policies that were rescinded by the USDA FNS through SFSP 01-2019 Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Rescission. The goal of these waivers is to reinstate the rescinded flexibilities and policies to allow for efficient and cost effective program management and reduce administrative burden for sponsors and the CDE School Nutrition Unit.

Need more information? Contact the Summer team at with questions.