Summer Food Services

Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for good nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious breakfasts and lunches to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months while they are out of school.

As an extension of the National School Lunch Program, which is designed to guarantee eligible children free and nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the school year, the SFSP was created to guarantee these same children at least one nutritionally sound meal a day during their summer vacations. The SFSP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and is administered locally by the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development.

The tentative 2019 program dates are Monday through Friday, June 17 until August 30. These dates are subject to change, reflecting Baltimore City Schools' calendar adjustments.

Become a SFSP Meal Serving Site

Baltimore City encourages your participation in the program to assist us in providing this valuable service to the children and teens of Baltimore City. Any non-profit organization, church, day camp, community group, or city agency may qualify to become an SFSP site. 

Site Qualifications

Your organization must meet the following qualifications in order to apply to be an SFSP site:  

  • Site must be located in Baltimore City.
  • Site must plan to receive meals for a minimum of two (2) weeks and serve a minimum of 10 eligible youth, ages 18 or younger. Youth workers, ages 18 years or younger, are considered eligible youth.
  • PRIVATE HOMES AND PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDINGS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE MEALS FROM THIS PROGRAM.
  • Sites requesting breakfast must have adequate refrigeration to store perishables overnight.
  • Sites are subject to a pre-operational inspection and must be approved by our staff.
  • The site supervisor and at least one alternate must attend a mandatory 3-hour training session and agree to serve all meals in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

If you are interested in becoming a meal serving site, we offer two ways to apply. Complete our on-line application form or download an application.

Mail Completed Applications to:

Summer Food Service Program
1135 N. Gilmor Street - 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD, 21217

Or Fax To (410) 383-1926

If you need assistance or additional information, please contact Ms. Alice Kennedy, 410-396-3474, [email protected] or Ms. Roxanne Bagby, 410-396-0773, [email protected]


In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.