Summer Food Service Program Monitoring Overview

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) intended to ensure that children who benefit from free and reduced price meals during the school year have access to nutritious meals during the summer. The program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services in partnership with sponsors, feeding sites and volunteers.

Monitoring Purpose

The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for addressing the occurrence of fraud, waste, and abuse with the various programs that DHS administers, including SFSP. OIG conducts monitoring reviews of food program sponsors and feeding sites as a part of program integrity and compliance with Federal and State regulations. 

Review Criteria

All agencies are not required to be reviewed annually. DHS follows the review guidelines stipulated by the USDA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). DHS oversight includes monitoring at least 33.3% of sponsors each year in the food programs. This is in addition to the number of sponsors that the Comptroller’s Office reviews and the USDA.







SFSP Monitoring Overview

Below is an overview of findings from agencies who feed children during the summer. Findings may or may not result in a recoupment of funds. Findings are typically resolved through a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) process between the State and the Agency. Agencies with no findings require no further action from the Department or the Agency. All monitoring results with findings are submitted to the Comptroller's Office by the Department.

Note: Findings indicating application regulatory deficiencies are related to the income eligibility of the enrolled children.  Based on income eligibility, children are placed in one of three categories (i.e. free, reduced-price, or paid) which determines the rate of reimbursement for meals provided. For SFSP, only closed enrolled sites and camps are required to determine the income eligibility of children.
Information listed is subject to change pending the receipt of additional information.

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