The SFSP is a federally-funded program administered at state-level by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). SFSP helps prevent “summer slide.” Studies show that when children do not get proper nutrition during the summer, they fall behind academically when returning to school in the fall. How Can You Help? Become a Sponsor that runs the program in your community. Become a meal site that works with an existing sponsor and provides a safe location for children to eat.