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Program Description:

The North Carolina Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children who would normally receive free or reduced price meals when school is in session. SFSP helps children to maintain a nutritious diet and helps their families to stretch their food dollars during the summer months. The program is offered in many and various locations such as parks, playgrounds, housing authorities, day camps, churches, community centers, etc. Often the SFSP meal service is combined with learning and recreational activities for the children.

In 2000, about 574,000 children in North Carolina were eligible to receive SFSP meals. However, less than 10 percent of this number were actually served. Therefore, the Nutrition Services Section is making every effort to publicize the program so that more organizations will sign up to become program sponsors.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of North Carolina, your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $20,036 if one person lives in the household; $26,955 if two people live in the household; $33,874 if three people live in the household; $40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in the household; $54,631 if six people live in the household; $61,550 if seven people live in the household; $68,469 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

To apply for your state's child nutrition program, please visit the following website:


Program Contact Information:

To learn more about the North Carolina SFSP please visit:

Please contact program coordinator Ruth McDowell to ask about North Carolina SFSP at:

Or send an e-mail to:


Managing Agency:

North Carolina

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