Start a Summer Food Site

An area is eligible to host a summer food site if a local school has a 50% or more of its students eligible for Free and Reduced Price meals or it can qualify through census tract data.  Even though eligibility may be based on school data, many different organizations can sponsor a meal site.  These organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Public and private non-profit schools
  • Public and private non-profit residential camps
  • Units of local, municipal, and county level government
  • Local service providers and non-profits
  • Food pantries

Want to start a Summer Food Service Program site in your community? We can help! We have a variety of materials to help guide the process of starting a summer food site in your community. 

Learn more about the Summer Food Service Program by clicking here and reviewing the resources listed below:

Guide to Starting a Summer Food Site
SFSP start-up guide
Summer Food Best Practice Guide
SFSP best practice guide
SFSP Overview for Potential Sponsors
SFSP brochure
Summer Food Activity Guide
SFSP Activity Guide
 Community Outreach Calendar
outreach calendar


 MT Peer Food Service Consultant directory– Peer Trainers can answer questions about running a food service program

Montana Office of Public Instruction– Montana OPI administers the Summer Food Service Program in Montana.

For more information or to learn whether or not your town is eligible to host a summer food site please contact Lorianne Burhop, Chief Policy Officer for the Montana Food Bank Network at (406) 721-3825 ext. 230 or