The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is funded by the USDA and administered by the Louisiana Department of Education Child Nutrition Program.
Sponsors communicate with the Louisiana Department of Education to run the programs. Louisiana’s more than 100 sponsoring organizations include schools, local government agencies, camps, and faith-based and other non-profit community organizations that have the ability to manage a food service program. While responsible for the operation of Summer Meal sites, sponsors also must ensure access to meals is available and known to eligible children in their communities.
Louisiana has nearly 900 meal summer sites--the places in the community where children receive meals. Sites may be located in a variety of safe and supervised settings, including schools, parks, community centers, churches, camps, and migrant centers. More than 45 summer meal sites are at public libraries in Louisiana.
A smoothly run site is something that every sponsor and site operator hopes to achieve. The key is an organized, well-supervised program that meets the goal of providing fresh, well-balanced meals that are appealing to children.