New York State Education Department Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Summer Food Service Program –

JP O’Hare or Jeanne Beattie
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Open to Schools, Government Agencies, Nonprofit Groups, Faith-Based Organizations, Indian Tribal Territories, Migrant Programs and Camps
The New York State Education Department is accepting applications for the 2022 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced today.  Last year, 574 sponsoring organizations served meals at more than 3,000 locations across the state.
“Building on the success of the program, our Summer Food Service Program sponsors across the state stepped up over these past two years to provide critical assistance to some of our most vulnerable students,” said Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. “There is still work to be done, and I encourage any organization interested in fighting hunger in their community to apply to be a part of this special program.”
“Consistent access to healthy foods is critical to a child’s development,” said Commissioner Rosa.  “The State Education Department has administered the Summer Food Service Program for 22 years, growing it into the success it is today serving meals at over 3,000 locations each summer. We look forward to another summer of providing wholesome meals to our state’s children.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture established the SFSP to ensure that low-income children, 18 and younger, continue to receive nutritious meals when schools are not in session. Through the SFSP, meals are provided in a safe and supervised community setting by eligible programs including public and nonpublic nonprofit school food authorities; local, county, municipal, and state governmental entities; Indian tribal territories; migrant programs; nonprofit agencies; faith-based organizations and camps. 
SFSP sponsors receive federal and state reimbursement for each meal served to a child or teen, according to predetermined reimbursement rates set by USDA and the state. Sponsors are organizations fully capable of managing a food service program and agree to serve meals to any eligible child in accordance with Federal Law, USDA policy, guidance, and instructions, including federal civil rights laws, regulations, and policies. A site is a physical location, approved by NYSED, where SFSP meals are served during a supervised time period. Information on site types and eligibility can be found in USDA’s SFSP Administrative Guide.
This year, the SFSP will operate throughout New York State from June 27 through September 5, 2021. Please note that at this time, the waiver flexibilities provided to SFAs operating the Seamless Summer Option during the 2021-2022 school year to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have not currently been extended to summer 2022 SFSP operations.
Potential new sponsors may request a sponsor application and obtain additional information on NYSED’s SFSP website or by contacting the New York State Education Department, Child Nutrition Program Administration, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 486-1086. Email is also available at [email protected].
NYSED will hold mandatory sponsor training webinars in April for sponsors planning to participate in summer 2022.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 
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