Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

2019 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Training Opportunities

To:Summer Food Service Program Sponsors
From:Robert Leshin, Director
Office for Food and Nutrition Programs
Date:April 9, 2019

As required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Office for Food and Nutrition Programs (FNP) will provide training opportunities specific to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) SFSP sponsoring organizations.

The USDA has released several updates to the regulations on program operation. To ensure that all sponsors receive adequate training and notice on these changes, the Office for Food and Nutrition Program (FNP) has planned additional training opportunities. The available training opportunities are detailed below.

  • Prepare for FY19 Summer Programming Webinar: This webinar will provide participants with an overview of all the recent USDA updates to SFSP rules and regulations. These updates impact all SFSP sponsors as they affect eligibility, the application process, and meal service planning. FNP strongly suggests a representative from every sponsor attend this webinar to get the necessary information prior to the roll out of the SFSP application.
    • If you are unable to attend this event, the webinar will be recorded and posted in the Document and Reference Library for post-event access.

  • SFSP Application Overview Webinar: This webinar will provide an overview of the updated SFSP application. It will review the new components, important updates to site and sponsor application, and include a walk-through of the new process for sponsors adding new sites. It is highly recommended that all sponsors attend one of these webinars to ensure compliance with program requirements.
    • This webinar will be recorded and posted in the Document and Reference Library for post-event access.

  • SFSP Application Support Open House: To assist sponsors with the changes to the online application, FNP will offer two open house days where individuals can drop-in during the designated times and get individualized support in completing the online SFSP application. Attendees will have the opportunity to work on the applications onsite and should come prepared with specific questions for FNP staff.

  • FY19 SFSP New Sponsor Required Training (in-person): This in-person training event will cover all aspects of operating the SFSP, including eligibility, meal pattern, and record keeping. New SFSP sponsors are required to attend an in-person SFSP training. Please be aware that SFSP applications must be approved and training attended before the first operating day of your program.

For any questions related to the trainings contact Shannon Raymond at 781-338-6471 or by email at

To register for any of these events online, please use the links below. You will receive confirmation of your training registration via email. For registration assistance please contact Marisol Montes by telephone at 781-338-6494 or by email at

Prepare for FY19 Summer Programming Webinar:

Date:Wednesday, May 1st
(login opens at 9:30am)
  • Topics include: FY19 policy updates, changes to SFSP application, and a review of summer regulations and program requirements.
  • Suggested attendees: All key administrative staff and monitors of sponsoring organizations.
  • Registration is required for each event.
  • Register

FY19 SFSP Application Overview Webinar:

 Morning SessionAfternoon Session
Date:Friday, May 10thTuesday, May 28th
(login opens at 9:30am)
(login opens at 1:30pm)
  • Topics include: SFSP application including new components, new data requested, and new sponsor responsibility of adding new sites.
  • Suggested attendees: All key staff responsible for completing the SFSP application.
  • Registration is required for each event.
  • Register

SFSP Application Support Open House:

 Morning SessionAfternoon Session
Date:Tuesday, May 14thWednesday, May 29th
Location:DESE: 75 Pleasant St., Malden, MA, 02148
  • FNP staff will be available to assist with any aspect of the application process. No formal presentation will be available. Sponsors should prepare questions beforehand.
  • Suggested attendees: Staff who may need support in completing their SFSP application.
  • Register
    • Please register for this event as it will help DESE to anticipate FNP staff availability for the day.

FY19 SFSP New Sponsor Training:

 BostonSouth ShoreWestern Mass.North Shore
Date:Wednesday, May 15thWednesday, May 22ndTuesday, June 4thThursday, June 20th
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA, 02148
Wareham Free Library
59 Marion Road, Wareham, MA 02571
Leominster Public Library
Lg. Meeting Room
30 West Street, Leominster MA 01453
Holyoke Community College
Center for Health Education, Rm. 101A/B
404 Jarvis Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040
  • Topics include: Overview of SFSP programming including the meal pattern, food safety, record keeping, and summer program best practices.
  • Suggested attendees: Sponsors who are new to SFSP are required to attend. For returning sponsors, we encourage attendance by any new staff, particularly those with administrative or management responsibilities, those who plan menus, and/or monitors.
  • Registration is required and is registration is limited for each event.
  • Register

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Last Updated: April 9, 2019

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

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