The Truth About USDA Summer Food Service Program

About the Program:

  • The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded, state-administered program that reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer months when school is not in session.
  • In Texas, the program is administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).
  • During the summer months, children lose access to school breakfast and lunch meals that are available to them during the regular school year.
  • Texas law mandates that public school districts in which 50% or more of the enrolled students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meal benefits through the National School Lunch Program must operate a summer feeding program.

GCISD's Participation in the Program:

  • GCISD is not mandated to participate in summer feeding programs. However, GCISD has two sites that qualify because 50% or more of the enrolled students are eligible to receive free and reduced meals. (Silver Lake & Timberline Elementary Schools)
  • GCISD has participated in the program since June 2005.
  • For June - August 2018, the District served meals at Cross Timbers Middle School & Silver Lake Elementary School. These campuses were chosen because they are in the attendance zone of the qualified campuses and also were operating summer school.
  • For June - August 2018, labor and food costs were $39,747 and the Nutrition Services Program received $60,843 in federal reimbursement.
  • Adults that accompany a child may purchase a meal for $4.00. They are not eligible for a free meal.
  • Prior to the end of a school year, a district must communicate the availability and details of the program with eligible communities. Each year, GCISD posts the information on the District website, sends information to local newspapers and advertise in principal newsletters. Additionally, the Texas Department of Agriculture provides fliers, posters and yard signs to all of our campuses for distribution and advertisement of the program.
  • In GCISD, Nutrition Services staff members work the program and recognize a majority of the students that come through the breakfast and lunch line.
  • Eligible children do not have to attend GCISD schools and do not have to live in the community. Additionally, the program prohibits the District from requiring proof of financial need.
  • School districts participating in summer food service programs can be found here:

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (English)

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    [email protected]


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.