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Nutrition

Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), formerly known as Summer Sack Lunch, is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was established in 1968 to respond to growing research that correlated a childs nutrition with academic success and concerns about the lack of nutrition resources for children during the summer months. The City of Seattle has operated this program in Seattle since the early 1970s.

The program provides no-cost breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for kids and teens ages 1-18. The 2014 program runs from Wednesday, June 25 to Friday, August 22. The meals are served to children and teens at approved sites where at least half the participants are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.

Help spread the word. Families can find their closest meal site when they:

  • Use the Summer Meals Search Tool that displays sponsor, site and meal information with online mapping tools;
  • Call the multilingual Family Food Hotline 1-888-4-FOOD-WA (1-888-436-6392);
  • Text FoodWA to 877-877; and
  • Call our office at 206-386-1140.
Summer Food Service Program

Site Application

For eligibility information, please refer to the checklistApplications are still being accepted, but there could be a delay on your requested start date, so please turn the application in as soon as possible, if you still wish to be a meal site. Agencies are invited to complete an application to serve as meal sites this summer. Mailing instructions can be found on the application or may be emailed to sfsp@seattle.gov. We will screen applications to ensure the availability of food wherever concentrations of eligible young people live.

For more information, please contact Javier Pulido, Program Coordinator, Human Services Department, at 206-386-1140.

Resources For Current Meal Sites Only (Not for Parents of Participating Children)

Below are links to copies of our internal forms. These forms are for use by sites currently in operation. If you are a parent, child, or prospective site please disregard these forms. Parents or children do not need to fill out any these forms to receive meals from our program.

  1. And Justice for All Poster
  2. Meal Record Form (Breakfast/Lunch)
  3. Snack Meal Record Form
  4. Field Trip Meal Record Form
  5. Field Trip Fax Form
  6. Enrollment List
  7. Evaluation Survey

General Nutrition Resources

Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and even mental illness can be helped and sometimes even resolved by changing what we eat. Nutrition plays a key role in nearly every public health concern in the United States and abroad. PublicHealth.org compiled a list of resources all related to the study of nutrition and prevention of illnesses that could help many people. You can view it here: http://publichealth.org/resources/nutrition/.

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.