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ELIGIBILITY:

Most SFSP sites operate under the “open program”, where sites are required to be publicly accessible and eligibility is determined geographically. To tell if your address is in an eligible zone, go to the USDA Capacity Builder. On the top left of the map, you can enter your address in the “Find address or place” and click the magnifying glass to search for it. The Capacity Builder uses “layers”, visible to the left of the map. The fifth layer, “FY17_FNS_CACFP_SFSP_Eligibility” is the main way to tell whether your address is eligible for the open program.

If your address isn’t showing up as eligible, don’t be discouraged. There are other ways to qualify as eligible for the open program that your state administering agency (in Ohio, the Department of Education) can help guide you through. You might also consider the “closed” program, where eligibility is based on registered participants rather than community eligibility. Of course, even if the SFSP isn’t the best fit, Team Vittles encourages you to look for ways to help, whether through a different formal program or an in-house initiative.

SPONSOR:

Each SFSP site is connected to a sponsor, who handles the bulk of the paperwork, vendor/food coordination, and such. If you’re interested in becoming a SFSP site you’ll need to connect with a sponsor. Team Vittles has put together a list of existing sponsors in each county in Ohio. Depending on the situation in your area, you may need to identify a community organization willing to serve as a sponsor or consider serving as a sponsor yourself (several counties have no current SFSP sites/sponsors)

Ohio Counties with no SFSP Sites:

Allen Brown Darke Delaware Geauga Guernsey Harrison Miami Noble Ottawa Preble Wyandot

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a Summer Meals Toolkit, part of their extensive online SFSP guide. The Toolkit was created for sponsors but is useful for sites looking to play an active role.