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Summer Meal Programs Data


The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has made Food and Nutrition (F &N) data publicly available through the Texas Open Data Portal.
The Summer Meal Programs provide meals in low-income areas at no cost to children and teens 18 years old and younger and eligible people with disabilities when school is not in session. Summer meal programs include the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
SSO is an extension of the School Nutrition Program (SNP) and only Contracting Entities (CEs) approved for SNP are eligible to operate SSO. SFSP can be operated by any approved CE, including school districts that are approved for SNP.
Data is updated regularly during the active program period. Updates to data end six months after the close of the program period and data remains published as historical, archived data. 
The summer meal programs period typically runs May through August of the same calendar year unless otherwise noted.
Program Terminology:
  • CE - Contracting Entity (CE); business that enters into a contract with TDA to administer the program on behalf of one or more meal sites.  Also known as program sponsor.
  • Site - Individual organization or business that provides the location and/or resources for meal service.
  • Claim - Record of meals served submitted to TDA for reimbursement of meal costs.
For more information, please visit us at SquareMeals.org

Data Available on Summer Meal Programs

Raw Data
  • Contacts and Program Participation - Reported at the site level, includes data from the last approved CE and site applications.
  • Meals Served - Reported at the site level for each month of meal service, includes data from the last approved claim for meal reimbursement. CEs have up to 60 days from the last day meals were served to submit a claim.
  • Meal Reimbursement - Reported at the CE/sponsor level, includes data from the last approved claim for meal reimbursement. Reimbursement data include number of meals eligible for reimbursement which may not match the number of meals served in the Meals Served dataset.
Data Summaries
  • Program Metrics  - Derived from raw Contacts and Meals datasets, the most current count of approved CEs, sites, and meals served for program year.
  • Sponsor Lists - Derived from raw Contacts datasets, the Sponsor List provides a contact information for CEs approved to operate for the current program year. 
  • Current Site Map - Derived from raw Contacts datasets, the site map provides a visualization of mappable meal site coverage for the state of Texas for the current program year. 
  • Participation Dashboards - Derived from raw Contacts and Meals datasets, dashboards provide visual representations of program performance data, including total CEs and sites approved to participate and total meals and snacks served. Meals data can be filtered and exported from dashboard visualizations.

Raw Datasets

Between March 2020 and June 2022, USDA allowed flexibility in nutrition assistance program policies to support continued meal access during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). This included offering School Nutrition Program CEs the option to provide meals through Seamless Summer Option (SSO) or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) during the school year. Sites participating in these flexibilities or serving meals outside of the traditional summer meal program period (June-August) are noted in the raw datasets for affected program years.

For more information please visit our website at SquareMeals.org

Data Summaries

2024 All Summer Sites Program Sponsor List

Use the table to the left to find current contact information for CEs sponsoring Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sites. This list can be filtered and exported as an Excel-compatible file (csv).
This lists pulls from the most recent All Summer Sites Contacts and Participation dataset published on the Texas Open Data Portal.
Only CEs that have not terminated participation (CE Termination Status is blank) are displayed.  

Approved summer CEs and sites will be included in the count above once the CE's Operation Start Date arrives.  Operation Start Date for SSO participants reflect the start of the CE's school year and not their summer operations. Please refer to the raw Contacts and Program Participation dataset for detailed CE and site operation information. 

2023 All Summer Sites Program Sponsor List

Use the table to the left to find current contact information for CEs sponsoring Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sites. This list can be filtered and exported as an Excel-compatible file (csv).
This lists pulls from the most recent All Summer Sites Contacts and Participation dataset published on the Texas Open Data Portal.
Only CEs that have not terminated participation (CE Termination Status is blank) are displayed.  

This map is not intended to operate as a summer meal site finder.

Please visit SummerFood.org or text FOOD to 304-304 to find an open summer meal site near you.

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