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Grants to Massachusetts Organizations for Summer Meal Programs for Low-Income Children

Summer Food Service Program: Expansion, Access, Training and Start-Up (SFSP EATS) Grant for New and Existing Sponsors

GrantWatch ID# 168634
Agency: State

Funding Source
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts new and current summer food programs to establish new sites serving low-income populations. Funding is intended to serve more children, increase the total meals served, extend the length of the summer food service program, and create new sites. The goal is to increase program availability to participants not currently receiving program services. Applicants proposing sites serving a significant low-income population shall receive priority consideration.

Priority will be given to districts and schools in chronically underperforming status. Priorities are to:

  1. Increase the number of participants by increasing Average Daily Participation (ADP):
    • Involve a range of community members (city government, parks and recreation departments, community agencies, school constituents, students, teachers, administrators, food service staff, and families);
    • Plan to expand activities at the food service site;
    • Extend the length of the SFSP for the full summer vacation;
    • Increase the number of days the program is operational; and
    • Add additional meal services;
  2. Support new sites that will serve a low-income population not previously served in the SFSP;
  3. Support programs that serve the highest number of eligible children;
  4. Increase access to healthy meals in rural communities;
  5. Implement Farm to Summer initiatives at sites by utilizing fresh local produce and incorporating agricultural activities;
  6. Provide nutritious meals to children with increased offerings of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the meal service;
  7. Provide training to site supervisors;
  8. Support School Food Authorities (SFAs) that offer school breakfast and after-school snack programs during the academic year (high priority); and
  9. Equip sites with resources, materials, and supplies for program sustainability.

Funds may be used for, but are not limited to:

  • Outreach expenses
    • hiring an outreach intern
    • marketing or publicizing the availability of SFSP
    • activities/disposables to promote participation in SFSP
  • Training for site supervisors
  • Purchase of equipment necessary for safe food handling, operational supplies, and incentives
  • Purchase resources to support Farm to Summer


Additional Eligibility Criteria
New and existing Summer Food Service Program sponsors, including School Food Authorities, and government and community-based organizations may apply.

Funds may not be used for:
- Administrator salaries
- Instructional/Professional staff salaries
- Support staff salaries
- Stipends
- Fringe benefits

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is Friday, March 17, 2023.

Additional information:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum funding request is based on the highest total number of first meals served during the selected month in Summer 2022. New SFSP sponsors must make a reasonable estimate of the number of meals to be served monthly. For funding maximums see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Term of Contract
All goods, services, and contractual duties must be delivered by June 30, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants: FY23 542 FNP Applicant Name

Anyone wishing to become a new Summer Food Service Program sponsor should contact

Direct questions to Kristen Torres at or Sally Teixeira at (781) 338-6453 or
(781) 338-6304

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