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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

Experienced Summer Food Service Program Sponsors, Potential New Summer Food Service Program Sponsors, Food Service Management Companies, Nutrition Advocates, Department of Health Officials
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
2020 Mandatory Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Training for All Sponsors

Sponsor training is mandatory for all experienced and potential new Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors. The New York State Education Department (SED), will conduct six training workshops in March and April. SED will offer separate training webinars for experienced sponsors and potential new sponsors. Training locations and webinar dates are listed on the link below; your attendance at the webinar fulfills the sponsor training requirement. For those planning to attend a workshop training location instead of the webinar, site location security protocol requires personal identification and proof of your organization having signed up for this training in order to enter the building. Please register for the on-site training workshop or the webinar and be sure to bring your personal identification to training. Refer to page four and five to register. Again, attendance at either the webinar or an on-site workshop fulfills the mandatory training requirement.

Training workshops and the webinars will provide a comprehensive overview of program administration and operations as well as recent changes that will take effect this year.  Training workshops are divided into breakout sessions that will provide participants with the regulatory requirements specific to how they plan to operate their program. Please refer to the daily training schedule and session descriptions beginning on page six for more information. SED suggests more than one person from your organization attend training in order to obtain all relevant information from the breakout sessions. Please review the topics that will be provided at training and be sure that the appropriate people from your organization attend training. Additionally, you should review how you operate or plan to operate and choose the appropriate sessions to attend. Food service management company representatives, nutrition advocates, Department of Health officials and other persons interested in learning about the program are encouraged to attend.

A live webinar designed specifically for experienced sponsoring organizations will be conducted on March 19th and covers new USDA memos and an overview of program guidance and reminders.

A two-part live webinar designed specifically for potential new SFSP sponsors will be conducted on March 16th and March 17th, attendance at both parts is required. The first part to be conducted on March 16th will address basic administrative program requirements and the program application process. The second part conducted on March 17th will address operational requirements of the program.

Please register for training by March 13, 2020. Experienced sponsors with a Child Nutrition Management System password may register for training online by following the directions on page four. Otherwise, please complete and return page five, “Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Training Registration Form.”  To register for the webinar, click on the WebEx link provided on page three.  

The training session on March 31, 2019 at Beth Rachel High School focuses on sponsors that operate camp sites and intend to claim 3 meals in the SFSP. All sponsors who operate camp sites are welcome to attend. The first session from 9:00am to 10:00am id for potential new camp sponsors only. New sponsors will be required to stay for the general session that will begin at 10:15am. The 10:15am session is for experienced and potential new sponsors.  Please note that a camp and closed enrolled session will be part of the daily schedule at all other locations. If your organization operates open sites as well as other site types, it is in your best interest to attend one of the other training sessions throughout the state to gain information regarding the other site types.

Click Here for Training dates, Location, Topics, and Registration Form

All training locations are handicapped accessible and held at facilities, which will, to the greatest extent possible, meet the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities. If special accommodations are required, or if you have any questions, please contact (518) 486-1086.

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:, 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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