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Summer Meals

SFSP Mandatory Summer Food Service Training 2021 

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Summer Food Service Program

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Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Summer Website



SFSP Application Timeframe and Deadlines

January 15: Access to SFSP application packet opens in TX-UNPS. 

March 15:  Deadline for CEs requesting an advance payment.

April 15: Deadline for new CEs*, or renewing CEs in need of a more thorough review**May 1:  Deadline for renewing CEs.

SSO Application Timeframe and Deadlines

January 31- Declare intention in TXUNPS for SSO or SFSP if mandated to operate a summer feeding program

January 31-Submit a waiver request in TXUNPS and verifiable documetnation to TDA by email or upload

April 1-Submit verifiable documentation outlining the CEs agreement to partner or collaborate with another CE or entity to provide a summer feeding program to TDA by email or fax

May 31-

- Submit application in TX-UNPS
Designate intention to request non-congregate feeding for approved outdoor summer feeding sites experiencing excessive heat10 in the CE and site application in TX-UNPS

Submit age/grade group waiver if staff are unable to determine the age/grade groups of the children being served



SFSP Training Recordings from May 5th and 6th 2020

This 2 Day 6-Hour Online Training for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to provide basic information to understand the major program requirements and plan for successful program implementation. Registration to view the trainings is required in order to receive credit for this course.
Topic: Summer Food Service Program Annual Training Day 1
Topic: Summer Food Service Program Annual Training Day 2




SFSP Vs. SSO Comparison Chart


Annual Training Requirement

2017 SFSP training requirement is the SAME for all (new, returning and SFA) Contracting Entities (CE's).


An authorized representative from your CE must attend the annual training and be able to disseminate the information to the rest of the organization before the program starts.



Either of the options listed below will satisfy the annual training requirement—you are allowed but not required to attend both


ONLINE: Enter the TDA website and follow directions.


IN PERSON: Training provided by Region 4 at McKinney Conference center. Click the "Training Schedule" link below for more information.



Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Seamless Summer Option
(SSO) *schools only
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  • SSO Age/Grade Portion Size Waiver
  • Summer Nutrition Cost Report
    • SFAs in which fifty (50) percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals are required to provide a summer nutrition program and must report program costs.
      SFAs must submit their district’s summer operating costs at the end of summer into TX-UNPS (even if the cost is $0). This information is known as the “Summer Cost Report” and be found in TX-UNPS by accessing the School Nutrition Programs module, under the Applications screen, click on Summer Nutrition Program Costs link. If the SFA partnered or collaborated with another SFA or entity, and did not incur any costs, you must still report your district’s summer operating costs by entering the operating cost as .01 in TX-UNPS.

Anjelica Terry




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