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MA DESE Public Announcement on the Summer Food Service Program 2022

To:Child Nutrition Program Operators of the Summer Food Service Program
From:Robert M. Leshin, Director
Office for Food and Nutrition Programs
Date:June 21, 2022

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) announces the availability the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) also known as Summer Eats. The SFSP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and nutritious meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as available in the following online resource: Summer Eats | Free Meals for Kids and Teens in MA.

There are over 1,400 SFSP feeding sites in Massachusetts that participate in the SFSP through over 112 locally sponsored programs and provide nutritious meals and snacks to infants, children, and teens daily.

SFSP sponsors are reimbursed for each meal served according to predetermined USDA reimbursement rates based on the income levels of the families served by the program. The following chart containing income guidelines will be used to determine funding in Massachusetts from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

Effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023

# of Household MembersAnnualMonthlyWeekly
For Each Additional person, Add8,732728168

For further information on the SFSP, go to: Summer Food Service Program. If interested in becoming a sponsor or learning more about sponsored programs near you, contact MA DESE's Office for Food and Nutrition Programs (75 Pleasant St., Malden, MA, 02148).

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: USDA Discrimination Complaint Form , from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or

  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Last Updated: June 21, 2022

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