The SFSP is an initiative of the Department of Agriculture and is administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The program runs from the day school ends in June till the day school begins in August or September, though sites don’t have to commit to a full summer of SFSP. Local sponsors (often school districts) sign up to provide food to local sites (parks, community centers, churches, etc.) where kids and teens ages 18 and under can receive free meals and participate in fun activities throughout the summer. The sponsors are then reimbursed a fixed dollar amount from the Department of Agriculture through PA Department of Education for all meals served. The Southwestern PA Food Security Partnership has stepped up to the plate to help facilitate the SFSP in seven of the counties we serve. We help by providing information, best practices, marketing support and technical assistance to the sites and sponsors in our service area.