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DC Free Summer Meals Program Application and Supplemental Information

Application and Renewal Documents are due by May 11, 2018.

Thank you for your interest in applying to the DC Free Summer Meals Program (SFSP). In an effort to streamline the annual application process for federal child nutrition programs, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Health & Wellness is pleased to announce the development of Orchard. Orchard is a web-based solution that supports online submission of federal child nutrition program applications to the State Agency.

Supplemental and Program Operation Forms

2018 DC Free Summer Meals Program Information Session

The SFSP ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.

Help us ensure that no child goes hungry this summer by attending our Program Information Sessions to learn more about how to participate as a sponsoring organization or a site. 

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 1:30-3 p.m.

2018 DC Free Summer Meals Program Orchard Trainings

OSSE is hosting two-hour sessions to train organizations on how to navigate the new application and technical assistance for participants operating SFSP. These trainings will be held at 1050 First St. NE, Fourth Floor Room 423. The training room is already equipped with laptops for all attendees. Organizations may register to attend sessions on Feb. 14, 21 and March 15, 2018.

Orchard/SFSP Application Training Sessions

Date Morning Afternoon Room Number
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 1:30-3:30 p.m. 423
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 1:30-3:30 p.m. 423
Thursday, March 15, 2018 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 1:30-3:30 p.m. 423

2018 DC Free Summer Meals Program Procurement and Meal Service Trainings

The State Agency will provide more detailed information on procurement since, in addition to complying with the minimum Federal standards, sponsor purchases may have to meet more restrictive State and local standards, as well as special procurement requirements that may be established by the State agency, with approval of FNS, to prevent fraud, waste, and Program abuse.

All procurement of food, supplies, goods, and other services with Program funds by sponsors must comply with procurement standards prescribed in Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations located at 2 CFR Part 200 as well as 7 CFR Part 225

Details on the Procurement and Meal Service Training will be posted soon.

2018 Mandatory Sponsor Training

OSSE will host the Annual Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) training on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This is a mandatory training for all participating sponsors who are public or private non-profit school food authority (SFA); a public or private non-profit college or university; a public or private non-profit residential summer camp; a unit of local, county, municipal, State, or Federal Government; or any other type of private non-profit organization. In order to receive reimbursement applicants must apply and receive approval from the State agency to operate the Program.

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Mandatory SFSP Annual Training: New and Returning FSMP Sponsors
Location: OSSE, 1050 First St. NE, Washington DC 20002

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