Dairy Council® of Arizona recognizes the importance of a healthy, nutritious summer feeding program on the health of Arizona children.  Summer feeding provides the nutritional bridge between the end of one school year and the beginning of a new school year.  Dairy Council® of Arizona is committed to assisting schools increase participation in their summer feeding programs so students return to school in the fall, healthy and ready to learn.

Dairy Council® of Arizona will award selected schools, a $2,000 grant to propose expansion of their Summer Food Service Program with an emphasis on healthy eating and daily exercise that includes promotion of at least three servings of dairy a day. Applicants are required to be enrolled in the FREE Fuel Up To Play 60 program. Preference will be given to those schools with an identified Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor. Information about the Fuel Up To Play 60 can be found HERE.

**Grants are SITE BASED, meaning multiple sites within a district may apply for this grant and EACH site requires a separate grant application.

Due Date: Grant applications must be received online by Friday, April 17, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For questions contact Patricia Johnson, MS, RD, SNS; email or 480-656-7163 ext. 3

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The Dairy Council® of Arizona Summer Food Service Program grants are open to all OPEN SCHOOL sites in the state of Arizona. The school MUST be enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Grants are also open to past Dairy Council® of Arizona Summer Food Service Program grant winners.

Open Sites (7 CFR 225.2 definitions, Attachment 1)

    • Most sponsors establish site eligibility on “need and openness.” If a site is located in a needy area (where 50 percent or more of the children residing in the area are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals) and meals are made available to all children in the area on a first-come, first-serve basis, these sites are considered open. Sponsors of open sites must take the necessary steps to allow meal service access to all children residing in the area served by the site.  Information regarding the meal service at open sites must be publicized in the community served.


  • Programs must be implemented during the 2020 summer. Preference will be given to those who run their programs throughout the entire summer (June, July and August).


  • Programs must include at least one (1) element that empowers kids to be advocates for healthy eating, including at least three servings of dairy a day.


  • Programs must aim to increase milk, cheese or yogurt consumption (or “intake”) to at least three servings per day through the design and implementation of one or more educational activities (such as Fuel Up To Play 60).


  • Programs receiving financial assistance shall not exclude from participation, deny benefits to or discriminate against any person or institution on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin or physical handicap in accordance with Federal statutes.



  • Applications will be evaluated and selected by Dairy Council® of Arizona and a panel consisting of individuals from Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Food Banks, Valley of the Sun United Way, Shamrock Farms and School Nutrition Association of Arizona.


  • Grant proposal/applications must be submitted online by Friday April 17, 2020 at 4pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


  • Successful applicants or Grantees will be notified on or around May 20, 2019. Grantees will be required to sign the Dairy Council® of Arizona Summer Food Service Program Grant Program Agreement, which provides that the Grantee will use all grant funds for the purposes specified in the grant award and will comply with all terms and conditions of the grant.


Applicants agree to submit menus for all meals served under the Summer Food Service Program.  Daily milk counts sheets (provided by Dairy Council of Arizona) must be recorded and submitted for each participating grant site.   One thousand, five hundred dollars ($1,500) will be awarded at the onset of the Summer Food Service Program and five hundred dollars ($500) will be awarded at the end of summer food operations after all required documentation has been successfully submitted, received and approved by Dairy Council® of Arizona.


Please note Dairy Council® of Arizona reserves the right to terminate or suspend a grant award if the terms of the grant or the Dairy Council® of Arizona Summer Food Service Grant Program Agreement are not met.  In addition, Dairy Council® of Arizona reserves the right to request the Grantee and Grantee agrees to repay Dairy Council® of Arizona any grant funds not used for the purposes of the Grant, improperly applied by the Grantee or unused by the completion of the program.




While under funding consideration, any submitted grant applications become property of the Dairy Council® of Arizona.  All information that is not otherwise available from public sources will be held in confidence and will be available only to appropriate Dairy Council® of Arizona staff.



Any publication or disclosure based on the summer feeding program or program activities supported by Dairy Council® of Arizona Summer Food Service Grant Program must contain the following acknowledgment:

     “This [publication/program/activity/film/video/website/event] was made possible by a grant from the Dairy Council® of Arizona.”

All publications or program materials must contain the following statement:

     “Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this [publication/program/activity/film/video/website/event] are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Dairy Council® of Arizona.”



Dairy Council® of Arizona may publish, distribute and make available to the public the names of Grantees and the results and or outcomes of the Dairy Council® of Arizona Summer Food Service Grant Program.  Generally, the publication shall be in journals, on the National Dairy Council Web site and/or in similar media.

Summer Food Service Program Grants 2020 - Schools