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Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

2016 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Training Opportunities

To:Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP) Sponsors
From:Robert Leshin, Acting Director
Office for Nutrition, Health & Safety Programs
Date:December 9, 2015


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors to annually attend State agency training. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), Office for Nutrition, Health & Safety Programs will offer twelve training opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) SFSP new and returning sponsoring agencies. The trainings planned are:

FY16 SFSP Application and Technical Assistance Open House:

 Training Session #1Training Session #2Training Session #3
May 5, 2016
May 19, 2016
May 10, 2016
Time:9:00 pm–3:00 pm
Participants may arrive and depart any time during these hours.
Location:ESE, 75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148, (781)-338-6480

  • ESE consultants will be available to assist with any aspect of application or claiming process.
  • Suggested attendees: Administrative staff responsible for submission of application or claims.
  • Registration form

FY 16 SFSP Update and Review Webinar:

 Training Session #1Training Session #2
Date:Wednesday — May 11, 2016Wednesday — May 18, 2016
Time:11:00 am–12:30 pm
(login opens at 10:00 am)
1:00 pm–2:30 pm
(login opens at 12:15 pm)

  • Topics include policy updates, civil rights compliance, food safety and farm to summer site activities.
  • Suggested attendees: All staff of sponsoring organizations.
  • Registration form

FY 16 SFSP Grant Webinar:

 Training Session #1
Date:Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time:1:00 pm–2:30 pm (login opens at 12:15 pm)

  • Topics include how to complete forms required for submission and submit grants eligible for review.
  • Suggested attendees: New and returning sponsors who plan to submit application for grant funds.
  • Registration form

Regional Workshop Series

ESE is providing full day workshops in three regional locations. Separate topics will be addressed during the morning and afternoon sessions. Staff may sign up for one or both sessions. ESE consultants will also be available by appointment to provide technical assistance (TA) on any program area throughout the day. A registration form must be completed for all attendees. Each sponsoring organization can send a maximum of two participants.

 Central / West RegionNorth East Region
Date:Tuesday — May 3, 2016Tuesday — June 7, 2016
Morning Session
9:00 am–12:30 pm
Administering the SFSP
Afternoon Session
1:30 pm–5:00 pm
Operating a Successful Summer Feeding Site
By Appointment OnlyOne on One Sponsor Support Hour
Location:Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148

Administering the Summer Food Service Program Workshop:

  • Topics include procurement, farm to summer, sponsor recordkeeping requirements and preparing for a state agency review.
  • Suggested attendees: Key administrative and procurement staff, and staff who implement training.
  • Registration form

Operating a Successful Summer Feeding Site Workshop:

  • Topics include site recordkeeping requirements, point of service meal counts, meal pattern and strategies to increase participation.
  • Suggested attendees: Site supervisors, monitors and staff who develop and implement training.
  • Registration form

One on One Sponsor Support Hour:

  • ESE consultants will be available for 1 hour appointments to answer any questions you have about how to implement the SFSP.
  • Suggested attendees: Any staff with specific questions related to duties or operational plan in SFSP.
  • Registration form

For registration assistance please contact Marisol Montes by telephone at 781-338-6480 or by email at For any questions related to trainings contact Denise Courtney at 781-338-6467 or by email at You will receive confirmation of your training registration via email.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Last Updated: December 14, 2015
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