Department hosts Summer Food Service Program trainings

In preparation for the fast approaching summer season, the Maine DOE’s Child Nutrition Services Team will offer Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) trainings through the state in the coming months.

It is mandatory for all SFSP sponsors to attend a SFSP training each year.

Scheduled trainings for experienced sponsors include:

  • Feb. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 103 of the Cross Building at 111 Sewall Street in Augusta
  • March 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Washington County (Location TBD)
  • April 1 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Caribou Regional Technology Center

For new sponsors and new staff, a training will be held on April 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 103 of the Cross Building at 111 Sewall Street in Augusta.

To register or for more information about the free trainings, please contact alissa.m.mank@maine.gov.

Under Maine law, a school administrative unit must offer meals through the SFSP if it has 50 percent or more of its students qualifying for free and reduced school meals and it operates a summer education or recreation program. Districts may operate their own programs or collaborate with a nonprofit organization or may choose not to operate the SFSP by a vote of the school board following a public hearing with adequate notice if it is determined that such a program is financially or logistically impracticable.

For more information or technical assistance related to Summer Food Service Programs, please contact the Department’s Child Nutrition Services Specialist Gail Lombardi at gail.lombardi@maine.gov or 624-6876.