Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

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What is the Summer Food Service Program?

Chesterfield County Public Schools serves free summer meals to students at the Chesterfield County Farmers Market.The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. SFSP sponsors must provide the program to all eligible participants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The program serves individuals 18 years and younger in communities of need.

See the No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Fact Sheet and SFSP Overview to learn more about the program.

Summer Meals Planning Guide

September/October Resources

November/December Resources

January/February Resources

May/June Resources

July/August Resources

How to Apply

Returning sponsors must complete a SFSP application in the Virginia Department of Education, Office of School and Community Nutrition Program’s (VDOE-SCNP) online application system for operation through summer 2024.

Applications must be submitted 30 days prior to operation, and by the federal deadline of June 15, 2024.

New organizations interested in sponsoring the SFSP must complete an extended application, including a pre-application checklist, prior to accessing the application in the online system. Pre-application checklists for new sponsors are due by April 1.

New Sponsors

For community organizations:

  1. Send inquiry email to Maggie Parker at
  2. Complete pre-application checklist and send to your CNP Regional Specialist
  3. Receive access to online application system SNPWeb
  4. Complete application in SNPWeb and receive final approval to operate

For School Food Authorities (SFA):

  1. Contact your SNP Regional Specialist to express interest in serving the SFSP
  2. Receive access to SFSP module and application in SNPWeb
  3. Complete application in SNPWeb and receive final approval to operate

Application Resources

Advance Request Deadlines

Any sponsor requesting an SFSP advance must have an approved SFSP application prior to the advance request deadline. All advance requests are made through the online application system. Funds provided as advances are recouped in future claims for reimbursement.

  • June advance (June 1) – May 1 deadline
  • July advance (July 15) – June 15 deadline
  • August advance (August 15) – July 15 deadline

Program Requirements

Site Eligibility

Meal Pattern

Civil Rights

Health and Food Safety


Program Monitoring

Outreach Toolkit

Promote the SFSP to your community using this Outreach Toolkit created by No Kid Hungry. Find social media graphics and posts, website blurbs, customizable flyers, letters to parents, bulletin inserts, and FAQs.


The VDOE-SCNP offers training videos via the articulate e-learning platform, Other helpful training resources can be found on Training & Resources.

Helpful Links

Reference the following links for helpful information about school and community nutrition program, nutrition education, and ongoing webinar/training opportunities.