Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Summer Food Service Program

Application Deadlines

Registration is now open for sponsors of the 2018 Summer Food Service Program. To ensure all sponsors are approved and ready to operate in a timely manner, there are earlier application deadlines for summer 2018. The timeline will also allow for sponsors requesting an advance to receive funds with ample time to make purchases prior to the start of their program.

  • Sponsors Requesting a June Advance
    Must submit a complete application by February 15 and be approved by March 14.
  • Sponsors Requesting a July Advance
    Must submit a complete application by March 15 and be approved by April 14.
  • All Sponsors Not Requesting an Advance
    Must submit a complete application by April 15 and be approved by May 14

 Please note that attending annual training is mandatory for an application to be marked complete.  

The Returning Sponsor Training is required for all returning sponsors. Prospective sponsors are required to attend one of the training dates for prospective sponsors.

Training Dates for Prospective Sponsors






Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FDACS Forest Service
5745 S. Florida Ave. 
Lakeland, FL 33813

Ft. Lauderdale

Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Department of Transportation
3400 W. Commercial Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

What Is the Summer BreakSpot?

  • Provides nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 and under while school is out for the summer;
  • Operates at schools, nonprofit organizations and government entities, such as parks and libraries; and
  • Reimburses participating organizations for meals through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option.

What Role Does the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services play?

  • Provides guidance, support and training for program sponsors;
  • Distributes funds from USDA to reimburse sponsors for meals served;
  • Promotes site locations and meal times through 2-1-1, SummerBreakSpot.org and a texting service; and
  • Identifies areas of need to help sponsors determine site locations.

How Can Organizations Help?

  • Become a Summer BreakSpot sponsor and serve nutritious meals to children;
  • Offer your facilities as a site location for other organizations to provide the meals;
  • Publicize the program to families with newsletters, mailings and through digital communications; and
  • Visit FreshFromFlorida.com/RoadmaptoHealth to see where service and resource gaps exist in your community.