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Program Resources

Best Practices

Activity Guide - Hunger-Free Oregon's resource for providing enrichment through collaborative partnerships.

Center for Best Practices - No Kid Hungry's website contains information, tools, and resources designed to successfully end childhood hunger.

Checklist of SFSP Records - This document is a one-page checklist of records needed for the SFSP.

Evaluation and Participant Toolkit - Hunger-Free Oregon's toolkit to evaluate the SFSP successes, challenges and future efforts.

Mobile Meals: Planning and Delivery Checklist - No Kid Hungry's resource provides best practices for operating a mobile program.

Proactive Planning for Sponsors - No Kid Hungry's resource provides sponsors with a sample timeline to complete SFSP related tasks and No Kid Hungry resources.

Sponsor Retention - No Kid Hungry's resource provides a timeline with specific actions to help maximize support and retention of SFSP sponsors.

Summer Meals Matter Calls - FRAC's monthly calls about SFSP topics.

Webinars - No Kid Hungry's monthly webinars about the SFSP.

Farm to Summer

Cultivate Michigan - Cultivate Michigan is a statewide campaign to help Farm to Institution programs grow and work toward the Michigan Good Food Charter goal that Michigan institutions source 20% of their food from Michigan sources by the year 2020.

Farm to Summer: Incorporating Local Foods into Summer Food Service Programs Webinar - This webinar covers the basics of Farm to Summer, how to incorporate local purchasing into summer food service programs, and provides examples of Farm to Summer programs happening throughout Michigan.

Fresh From the Farm - Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) guide to using local foods in the SFSP.

Harvest of the Month - Michigan Harvest of the Month™ features ready-to-go supplemental nutrition education materials that can used in diverse applications within the community and school environment.

MSU Center For Regional Food Systems - This website has videos, webinars and resources for incorporating local foods into the SFSP and other Child Nutrition Programs.

USDA Farm to Summer - This webpage highlights farm to summer resources, videos and webinars to incorporate local foods into the SFSP.

Meal Pattern and Food Quality

Optimizing Summer Meal Service - No Kid Hungry's resource to increase participation and reduce food waste.

Purchasing High Quality Summer Meals - FRAC's How-To Guide will help sponsors with tips and tricks to buying high quality meals for sites.

SFSP Food Components - This resource explains what the food components are and if they are allowable and non-allowable in the SFSP.

SFSP Meal Patterns - This webpage shows requirements for serving reimbursable meals and snacks.

Summer Food Standards of Excellence - This guide from FRAC will provide strategies to improve food quality and better the environment.

Turnip the Beet - This webpage provides information about the Turnip the Beet High-Quality Summer Meals Awards.

USDA Foods for SFSP Camps - An application is needed in the system by the application deadline, and then MDE FD Unit will contact you to let you know what is available.

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl - This resource allows you to search for recipes, menus, cooking videos, cookbooks, and create and print your own cookbook.

Outreach and Activities

Promote Summer Meals - No Kid Hungry's webpage provides outreach materials, advice for working with key partners to spread the word about the SFSP, and guidance on leveraging media to amplify your message.

Summer Meals Activity Guide - OregonAsk's activity guide with tips and tricks for a successful SFSP site.

Summer Nutrition Programs Toolkit - FRAC's Resource Library for outreach best practices, implementation calendar and guides.

Program Costs and Claims

Allowable and Unallowable Costs - This MDE resource provides an overview of allowable and unallowable costs to assist sponsors in determining if costs are allowable under Federal cost principles.

Assessing Costs - This USDA resource provides an overview of allowable costs, selected items of cost, and assessment questions to assist sponsors in determining if costs are allowable under Federal cost principles.

Key to Reimbursement - This resource provides a guide on who can submit claims, how to submit claims and the due dates for SFSP claims.

USDA Resources

Best Practices - USDA's best practices for creating a Summer Meals Champion.

Non-Discrimination Statement - This long statement is to be included on websites and printed materials.

SFSP Fact Sheets - Fact sheets (Do's and Dont's for Site Supervisors and Accurate Meal Counting and Claiming) that can help SFSP sponsors and site supervisors easily comply with Program requirements.

USDA SFSP Guidance Manuals - These resources are annually updated to reflect changes to the SFSP and highlight new resources available for sponsors. Reviewing the manuals yearly is necessary to stay up to date about the SFSP.