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Becoming a Sponsor for the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), application information, training, and renewal training.

Summary: Read about how to become a Sponsor for the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the application information, becoming trained, and obtaining renewal training for the SFSP.

Applies to: Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Training, Forms, and Renewal Training.

Media: Summer Meals for Kids: Checking out USDA's Summer Food Service Program (Windows Media Video 82.6 MB)

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Who can participate in becoming a SFSP Sponsor?
Organizations wishing to participate as an SFSP sponsor may be public or private non-profit schools; universities, colleges, or camps; units of local government; National Youth Sports Programs (NYSP); and private non-profit organizations considered tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service [501(c)3].

SFSP sites may be located in schools, community centers, parks, churches, playgrounds, migrant centers, homeless feeding sites, or summer camps. The children served by the SFSP must be 18 years of age or younger.

For additional information on participation go to:
Nutrition > SFSP Applicant Information > Who can participate?

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Application Information
Upon completion of required SFSP training, organizations will be required to complete a full SFSP application. Bright from the Start's SFSP application is two part and consists of hard copy documents that must be submitted, and an electronic portion that is completed via a web-based system.
Note: New Private Non-Profit organizations are required to complete a pre-application process prior to attending required SFSP training. The pre-application process includes the completion of the Potential Sponsor Viability Checklist.

For the current Application Forms please go to:
Nutrition > SFSP Forms

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Training for New Organizations

Prior to submitting an annual application for the SFSP, organizations must attend required SFSP training. New organizations that have never participated in the SFSP or experienced organizations with new Program Contacts must attend the two-day SFSP Orientation and Program Training for New Sponsors. This training covers the application process, site identification and preparation, organization and management of the program, planning and serving meals, working with staff and food service management companies, monitoring sites, online claim submission, and program reviews.

Training sessions are offered during the late winter/early spring for new organizations that want to participate as sponsors in the SFSP. To register for upcoming training dates and locations, contact us via email at SFSP@decal.ga.gov or call the Nutrition Services' Program Coordinator at 404-651-7191.

For additional information on Training, upcoming dates and locations go to:
Nutrition > SFSP Applicant Information > Sponsor Training

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Training for Experienced Organizations
Prior to submitting an annual application for the SFSP, experienced organizations that participated in the SFSP in the prior year must complete annual SFSP renewal training. This training may be web-based or offered as a one-day face-to face session. Training for experienced organizations is designed to foster more interaction between sponsors, to share best practices, and to target specific needs for sponsors who experienced issues operating the program in prior years.

Training sessions are offered early winter months for experienced organizations. For additional information related to upcoming training dates and locations, contact us via email at SFSP@decal.ga.gov or call the Nutrition Services' Program Coordinator at 404-651-7191.

For additional information on Training, upcoming dates and locations go to:
Nutrition > SFSP Applicant Information > Sponsor Training

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Bright from the Start Responsibilities
Bright from the Start is responsible for the following components of the SFSP:

  1. promoting the SFSP in Georgia;
  2. developing and delivering required training for current and new sponsors;
  3. receiving and processing approving applications;
  4. paying sponsors for serving meals to eligible participants; and
  5. reviewing sponsors and sites.
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