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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

To: 
Summer Food Service Program Sponsors
From: 
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator
Date: 
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Subject: 
Site Caps in the Summer Food Service Program

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify the regulatory requirements regarding the enforcement of site caps in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). State agencies administering the Program are required to set limits on the number of meals a site may serve to children for meal reimbursement. This limit is referred to as the ‘site cap.’

Site caps are required for vended sites by Program regulations. A sponsor may not claim reimbursement for meals served to children at any site in excess of the approved level of meal service if one has been established. Therefore, a sponsor may not claim reimbursement for meals served to children at any vended site in excess of the cap.

Site caps are also required for self- preparation sites by Program regulations. When evaluating a proposed food service site, the New York State Education Department must ensure that the site is approved to serve no more than the number of children for which its facilities are adequate. This implies that a limit must be placed on a site, prior to being approved. The site cap of a selfpreparation site, therefore, is based on the capacity of the site to prepare and distribute meals.

Sponsors’ annual SFSP Profile indicates site caps for every site and sponsors’ annual approval letter indicates expectations for making adjustments to the limits. For sites, the cap is be based on the capacity of the site to prepare, obtain, and/or distribute meals served to children as well as the number of children for which its facilities are adequate. Once a cap is established for any site, a sponsor must not claim reimbursement for meals served to children at the site in excess of the cap.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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