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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 (SFSP) and School Food Service Directors/Managers
From: 
New York State Education Department, Child Nutrition Program Administration
Date: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Subject: 
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Operations for Summer 2022 - Update

The Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022 (KKFA), which President Biden signed into law on June 25, 2022, provides additional support and resources to help Child Nutrition Program (CN) operators continue to serve healthy meals to children during this challenging time.

Waivers included in the KKFA as well as additional waivers available to Sponsors/School Food Authorities (SFAs) for Summer 2022, effective immediately, streamline access, enhance flexibility, and reduce administrative burden on operators in order to provide seamless access to daily meals for program participants.

On July 8, 2022, USDA established a waiver from the June 15th SFSP sponsor application deadline. Schools, governments, Indian tribal territories, faith-based organizations, and other not for profit organizations can now apply to the New York State Education Department to participate in the 2022 SFSP.

Use the following chart to determine the necessary steps to provide meals to children for Summer 2022. . Email applicable forms referenced in the chart to CNCOVID@nysed.gov .

2022 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Operations

Organizations that want to apply after June 15th to participate in the 2022 SFSP *

1. Organizations that did not operate in the 2021 SFSP:

  • Request a SFSP application here.

2. Organizations that operated in the 2021 SFSP:

  • Complete and submit a SFSP New Site Information Sheet for each location meals will be provided
  • If providing meals for multiple days (bulk meals), complete and submit the SFSP and SSO Bulk Meals Election Form
  • A SED SFSP Representative will contact you to complete the online renewal and submit any other required documents once the sites have been entered into the renewal.
  • Reimbursement for meals served back to the date a complete and correct application was submitted is contingent on SED approval and limited to final approved site CAP(s), which may be less than requested, based on capacity and need as determined by SED.

Sponsors Approved for 2022 SFSP

1. To provide daily Grab and Go Meals at sites already approved for 2022 SFSP:

  • E-mail SED SFSP Representative the following information:
    • Sponsor Name
    • Name and Address of site locations providing grab and go meals
    • Meal Distribution times for each site
    • Which meals (breakfast, lunch) will be provided
    • How many of each meal type will be provided daily (i.e. 50 Breakfast, 50 Lunch)
  • Start providing daily grab and go meals at approved sites immediately. Additional approval is not required.

2. To provide meals for multiple days (bulk meals) at approved closed enrolled sites:

  • Complete and submit the SFSP and SSO Bulk Meals Election Form.
  • Reimbursement for meals served back to the date a complete and correct application was submitted is contingent on SED approval and limited to final approved site CAP(s), which may be less than requested, based on capacity and need as determined by SED.

3. To provide meals at a site that has not been approved for 2022 SFSP:

  • Complete a SFSP New Site Information Sheet
  • If requesting to provide meals for multiple days, complete and submit the SFSP and SSO Bulk Meals Election Form
  • Reimbursement for meals served back to the date a complete and correct application was submitted is contingent on SED approval and limited to final approved site CAP(s), which may be less than requested, based on capacity and need as determined by SED.

4. To change site type to OPEN:

  • Complete and submit the SFSP New Site Information Sheet
  • May only provide congregate and/or daily grab and go meals; bulk meal distribution is not allowed at open sites since this method of distribution requires an enrollment/registration process
  • Meals must be made available to all children in the area and must serve meals to children on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Information regarding the meal must be publicized in the community
  • Reimbursement for meals served back to the date a complete and correct application was submitted is contingent on SED approval and limited to final approved site CAP(s), which may be less than requested, based on capacity and need as determined by SED.

5. To change site type to CLOSED ENROLLED:

  • The site address must be a non-profit location
  • Complete and submit the SFSP New Site Information Sheet
  • If providing meals for multiple days (bulk meals), complete the SFSP and SSO Bulk Meals Election Form
  • Reimbursement for meals served back to the date a complete and correct application was submitted is contingent on SED approval and limited to final approved site CAP(s), which may be less than requested, based on capacity and need as determined by SED.

*These waivers exclude camp sites.

Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for Summer 2022

1. SFAs providing daily grab and go meals at approved NSLP Recipient Agencies (RAs):

  • Complete and submit the SSO Election Form
  • Start providing daily grab and go meals immediately. No additional approval is required.

2. SFAs providing meals for multiple days (bulk meals) at approved NSLP RAs: 

  • Complete and submit the SSO Election Form
  • Complete and submit the SFSP and SSO Bulk Meals Election Form
  • Reimbursement for meals served back to the date a complete and correct application was submitted is contingent on SED approval and limited to final approved site CAP(s), which may be less than requested, based on capacity and need as determined by SED.

3. SFAs providing meals at a site not currently approved, the SFA must: 

  • Complete the SSO New Site Information Sheet
    • If providing meals for multiple days, complete and submit the SFSP and SSO Bulk Meals Election Form
    • Reimbursement for meals served back to the date a complete and correct application was submitted is contingent on SED approval and limited to final approved site CAP(s), which may be less than requested, based on capacity and need as determined by SED.

The New York State Education Department (SED), Office of Child Nutrition Program Administration, will host a webinar on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., for program operators, to discuss the processes outlined in this memo to provide further guidance. Please register here.

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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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