THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
Kindergarten - 12 buildings can base eligibility for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and/or snacks served in after school care under the National School Lunch Program on elementary grade data alone, in lieu of using the combined percentage of free and reduced price applications to enrollment for all grades housed in the building as an indicator of area eligibility.
At the federal level, it is believed that the percentages obtained by comparing elementary level free and reduced price applications to enrollment are more accurate as indicators of area eligibility than combined school building data because: (1) elementary schools are more likely to serve children who live close to the school and would be most likely to participate in the SFSP or after school care and (2) participation in school meal programs is much higher in elementary schools and more accurately reflects the area's need for these programs.
Program eligibility, based on elementary date in a K-12 building, must be documented prior to approval for these programs. This documentation must include the total number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals and the total enrollment by individual grade level for all elementary grades served served by the building. To ensure timely approval for K-12 participation in the SFSP and/or snacks served after school, please submit the eligibility documentation outlined in this paragraph to your respective Child Nutrition Representative.