Summer Resources


The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to children and teens 18 and under in low-income areas with the nutrition they need throughout the summer months when they are out of school.


BRAND NEW: Strategies for Increasing Participation

There are many ways to increase the number of children that eat Summer Meals. This 1-page resource gives site sponsors some simple ideas for how to make their site more appealing for kids of all ages!

Click here for the resource: Strategies for Increasing Participation


BRAND NEW: Mini-Grant Availability and Ideas

Montana No Kid Hungry has mini-grant funding available for you to try something new at your SFSP site! Whether you want to start a food truck or do more promotion/outreach in your community, we can help you make that happen!

Click here for the resource: SFSP Grant Project Ideas


BRAND NEW: Corporate Group Volunteering Opportunities at SFSP Sites

Is your business or organization looking for a volunteering opportunity for a group of employees? During the Summer months, we can connect you with fun opportunities in communities across the state of Montana.

Click here for the resource: Corporate Group Volunteering


Cultivate Awareness: Community Outreach Calendar

Marketing your summer food program can be much easier with the community outreach calendar. This resource is full of innovative and fun strategies to effectively promote your summer food program to bring more hungry kids to your site and keep them coming throughout the summer. We recommend you picking a track to commit to follow in order to get the most out of your outreach plan, but you may also pick and choose different strategies that you think will work best in your community.

Click here for calendar: Cultivate Awareness: Community Outreach Calendar

So You Want to Host a Kick-Off Event?

Download the Montana SFSP Kick-Off Event Planning Toolkit! This is a great resources for your organization to promote and launch a memorable SFSP site in your community! The toolkit includes step-by-step instructions on how to plan, promote, and put on a successful SFSP site kick-off event, and keep kids coming back throughout the summer!

Click here for toolkit: Kick-Off Event Toolkit

Montana SFSP Activity Toolkit

Download the Montana SFSP Activity Toolkit! Please take advantage of this multi-dimensional activity toolkit, packed full of resources and innovative ideas to start or enhance your SFSP activity programming. Included are: innovative activities and websites, community resources, giveaways, monthly activity calendars, activity instructions, and volunteer networks.

Click here for toolkit: Montana SFSP Activity Toolkit


Marketing Tips and Tricks for Summer Food Service Program

Think you could use some help advertising for your summer meals program? Use these tips and tricks from Share Our Strength to increase participation at your meals site!

Click here for document: Marketing Tips and Tricks for SFSP


Share Our Strength Summer Meals Report

To further understand the perceived value of the Summer Meals Program and inform Share Our Strength's national goals for increasing participation, Share Our Strength engaged APCO Insight to conduct a quantitative survey.

Click here for document: Summer Meals Report



Summer Meal Program sponsors are encouraged to apply for a grant to support meal site activity programming, market and promote site and expand food service capacity by establishing new summer service sites, or convert existing afterschool snack programs to serve aftershool meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Purpose: Grants are intended to help programs serve balanced, nutritious meals during the summer months through the purchase of approved equipment, materials, training and outreach necessary to roll out, expand, or improve a summer meal program. Grants are NOT intended to support the costs of food or labor for ongoing meal service.  However, summer meal programs can apply for funds to purchase food for promotional events (e.g. kickoff events, a free summer meal day or week, taste-tests and samples, etc.) designed to recruit new customers, or for temporary staffing to facilitate the transition/launch of the new program.

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, summer meal programs must be established as open, communal sites, and programs must either be planning to implement a new meal service site or expand their existing meal program to provide meals and activities to all children ages 18 and under.

Guidelines: Grant applications will be evaluated on the basis of adherence to eligibility requirements, community need, and program sustainability beyond the grant funding period. Further, grant applicants must be able to identify existing barriers to summer meal participation and make a strong case that proposed changes will address these barriers and result in increased participation.

If you have questions about whether or not your program qualifies or could benefit from this funding opportunity, contact Danielle Anderson (Summer Meal Program Manager) at

Register: You must register your organization in order to access our grant portal HERE before proceeding to the application.

To apply: The application can be filled out using our grant portal HERE, and access the Summer Meals Application Guide below for further information about submitting your grant application.

2017 Grant Cycle: Applications are due April 14th, 2017



Summer Resources