Summer Meal Site Information


     Kids eat Free this Summer



    Cumberland County Schools’ Child Nutrition Services program (CNS) serves as a sponsor for the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  As a sponsor CNS is responsible for preparing meals that meet the federal nutritional guidelines to be served free to children and teenagers ages 18 years and younger during the summer months when school is not in session. 

    • School Locations – Select schools in the community serve as sites where the public can pick up meals for children each summer. No registration or application is required. 
    • Recreation Centers – Most Fayetteville/Cumberland Parks & Recreation Centers serve as meal sites. Parents must call the recreation center of their choice before 9am daily to reserve meals for their children, then visit the recreation center between Noon and 1:00 p.m. to receive the meals. 
    • Community Programs – Organizations hosting summer camps or enrichment programs for children or teenagers may to request to serve as a site. Sites can come in all shapes and sizes and can be located almost anywhere, as long as they comply with federal eligibility standards.  Meal sites may be in a variety of settings, such as:              
    • Schools                                 *  Day camps
    • Recreation centers       *  Residential summer camps
    • Community centers      *  Housing authorities
    • Churches                             *  And more!

    CNS is now accepting applications from organizations that would like to serve as a site to receive meals prepared by CNS this summer.


    • Text FOODNC or COMIDA to 877-877



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    SFSP sites are responsible:

    • Attend a training session provided by CNS (approx. 1½ - 2 hrs)
    • Supervise meal service at your site.
    • Distribute meals (prepared by CNS) while following state and federal guidelines
    • Keep daily records of meals served.
    • Store food appropriately.
    • Keep the site clean and sanitary.
    • Promote the program in your community.

    SFSP Site Operators must agree to the following policies and procedures:

    • All staff members involved with distributing meals need to provide information for Background Checks.  Site operators are responsible to ensure they are in compliance with the Jessica Lundsford Act in relation to their site operations.
    • Have all individuals working with the food at your site attend the above training
    • Order only the number of meals needed daily for children ages 0-18 and paying adults ($4.00/meal).
    • Count the number of meals delivered to confirm correct number of acceptable meals.
    • Write the time of delivery on the delivery slip, sign and keep a copy.
    • Record meals when handing them out to the children using the digital Cartwheel Meal Counter App.
    • Ensure each child receives one meal box and one milk.
    • Ensure children eat the meal on site.  (USDA has issued a temporary waiver to allow meals to be picked up by a parent/guardian and taken off-site to a child, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.)
    • When picking up meals from kitchen, provide separate coolers for food and milk.
    • Notify the Summer Feeding Program 24-hours in advance if no meals are needed on what would normally be a meal day. Failure to do so will result in your respective program being charged for said meals

    The two main types of SFSP sites CCS sponsors are open and closed-enrolled. 

    Open sites must be in an area that is eligible, meaning that at least 50% or more of the students living in the area must be eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.  In an open site, all children eat for free on a first come, first serve basis.  There is no registration required for an open site, so all kids are welcome!  It is encouraged that there be other activities for the kids to do other than eating their meal if possible, to keep the kids more interested in coming back.

    Closed-Enrolled sites must be in an area that is a “pocket of poverty” meaning that the area consists of a majority of children whom receive free or reduced-priced meals.  The eligibility of the children is based on household applications and a school list.  Closed-Enrolled sites differ from Open sites, because registration and enrollment is required for the eligible children attending.  It is still encouraged that other activities be available for the children, to keep them interested in the program (games, religious activities, cultural or recreational activities). 



    Click Here to Apply to be a Summer Meals Site!

  • In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter 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;

    (2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3)        email:

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.