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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
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Director
Friday, February 1, 2019
Mandatory Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Training for All Sponsors

Sponsor training is mandatory for all experienced and potential new Summer Food Service Program sponsors. The New York State Education Department (SED) will conduct seven training workshops and three webinars in March, April and May. SED will offer separate training webinars for experienced sponsors and potential sponsors. Webinar attendance fulfills the mandatory training requirement. All training locations and webinar dates are listed on page three.

Training workshops and the webinars will provide a comprehensive overview of program administration and operations as well as recent changes that will take effect in 2019. Each training workshop is 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 by following the link below 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. Training summaries will be available on our web site. 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 14th and covers new USDA memos. SED will review mapping tools to help facilitate effective outreach strategies for your program.

A two-part live webinar designed specifically for potential new SFSP sponsors will be conducted on March 15th and March 19th, attendance at both is required. The first part, conducted on March 15th  will address basic administrative program requirements and the application process. The second part, conducted on March 19th will address operational requirements of the program.

Please register for training by March 8, 2019. 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.”

The training session on April 9, 2019 at Beth Rachel High School focuses on sponsors that operate camp sites and intend to claim 3 meals in the SFSP. In an effort to provide additional guidance, SED will also provide a review of closed enrolled site information. All sponsors who operate camp sites are welcome to attend. The first session from 9:00am to 10:00am is for potential sponsors. The general session will begin at 10:15am and 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, Locations, 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 Mr. Keith Quenneville at (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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