Available Flexibilities for CACFP At-risk Sponsors and Centers Transitioning to Summer Food Service Program
Organizations currently participating in the at-risk afterschool meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are well-positioned to offer summer meals. Although CACFP at-risk afterschool meals may not be served during the summer months, these organizations may be eligible to serve summer meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) under the National School Lunch Program. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) encourages participation in both programs so as to establish a year-round presence in the communities in which they serve. Previous guidance highlighted provisions to simplify SFSP application procedures [CACFP 03-2012: Simplifying Application Procedures in the Summer Food Service Program, October 31, 2011]. This memorandum highlights existing flexibilities available to CACFP institutions to simplify their participation in SFSP.