Keeping Kids Fed Over the Summer

Summer Food Service Program

We are now accepting applications from camps and open sites serving food-insecure children.

Please email your application to Kerry Tooker, Manager of Child Nutrition Programs.

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

As summer arrives with its beach outings, BBQs, and fun, it also brings worry for the 65,000 food-insecure kids on Long Island. During the school year, many rely on Free and Reduced Meals, but these programs disappear in Summer, leaving them uncertain about their next meal.

That’s where Long Island Cares steps in with the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). A program dedicated to providing nutritious breakfast and lunch throughout the summer at both camps and open sites to help ensure that low-income children continue to receive meals when school is out of session.

SFSP Applicant Requirements

  • Serve meals to all food-insecure children 18 years of age or under (or persons 19 and over who are mentally or physically disabled and participating in a public or private nonprofit school program for the mentally or physically disabled). Day camps will serve to all registered children.
  • Serve meals that meet the minimum meal pattern requirement as provided by the sponsor.
  • Provide adequate supervision during the meal service.
  • Inform Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank in writing of any changes in the SFSP personnel, days & hours of operation, and/or number of children served.
  • Maintain and submit promptly (on time) such reports and records that the sponsor requires.
  • Comply with Civil Rights laws and regulations.
  • Attend sponsor-training sessions and adhere to all policies and procedures of NYSED SFSP.

Long Island Cares Requirements

  • Appoint a primary contact for SFSP partners, providing oversight and leadership in program research, design and development, and collaborative guidance in program implementation. 
  • Ensure that the Program Partner meets national and local SFSP standards through monitoring inspections and periodic site visits as necessary.  Any issues needing to be addressed will be communicated in writing to the Program Partner.
  • Provide or coordinate training opportunities for SFSP staff and volunteers as appropriate according to NYSED SFSP guidelines. 
  • Provide nutritious meals in accordance with USDA and NYSED SFSP standards.








Meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or(3) email: [email protected] institution is an equal opportunity provider. Persons interested in receiving more information should contact:Long Island Cares, Inc, 10 Davids Dr Hauppauge, NY 11788


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