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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

SFSP Program Operators
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Criteria for Establishing Sponsors in “Good Standing"

USDA regulations and policy allow Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors that are “in good standing”, as determined by the State agency, certain allowances in the operation of the SFSP. According to federal regulations at 7 CFR 225.2, “good standing” means the status of a program operator that meets its Program responsibilities, is current with its financial obligations, and, if applicable, has fully implemented all corrective actions within the required period of time. 

The New York State Education Department (SED) will determine that a sponsor meets the federal “good standing” criteria when the sponsor has no serious management problems in its operation of the SFSP in the previous year. If new to the SFSP, SED will base the “good standing” status on having no serious management problems identified in its operation of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP), as applicable. New SFSP sponsors that do not participate in the NSLP or CACFP are not eligible for good standing status in the SFSP until after their first year of SFSP operations. 

Serious management problems that would result in a sponsor’s failure to be in “good standing” include, but are not limited to:  

  1. Sponsor has been deemed seriously deficient in its operation of the 2023 SFSP. 
  1. Failure to return to SED any advance payments which exceeded the amount earned for serving meals in the previous year.  
  1. Failure to demonstrate that site review findings were fully corrected to SEDs satisfaction. 
  1. Sponsor had a systemic finding(s) on its most recent SED site review(s). 
  1. Sponsor had a systemic finding(s) at their most recent SED administrative review. 
  1. Sponsor does not meet one or more of the VCA performance standards required in 7 CFR 225.6(d).  
  1. Sponsor deemed not in “good standing” in another Child Nutrition Program. 

SED will notify sponsors who are not in good standing prior to the annual SFSP application/renewal process. 

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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