The Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Program combines features of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This option reduces paperwork and administrative burden, making it easier to feed children from low-income areas during the traditional summer vacation periods.
Eligibility to operate the SSO Program includes the following:
At least 50% of the site’s student population is eligible for free or reduced meals (based on the most recent October claim); or at least 50% of children attending the Summer Program are eligible for free or reduced meals; and
Children up to age 18 (or up to 21 with an IEP) are served meals at no cost; and
Children must not receive a grade for attending the Summer program;
Schools offering academic Summer School are allowed to operate the National School Lunch Program; and
School Food Authorities (SFA) must conduct at least one on-site, at each SSO Program, to monitor operations and ensure compliance.
Schools must use the new NSLP Food-Based Meal Pattern.
SSO Program Fact Sheet
SSO Program Agreement
SSO Program Site Request Form
SSO Program vs. Summer Food Service Program
SSO Program Sponsor Self-Review Form
USDA Memo SP 06-2013, CACFP 03-2013, SFSP 03-2013; Determining Area Eligibility Based on School Data
USDA Memo SP 07-2013, SFSP 04-2013; Summer Feeding Options for School Food Authorities
SSO Program Q&As
SFAs interested in participating in the Seamless Summer Program: Please complete the SSO Program Agreement and the SSO Program Site Request Form and fax them to the Office for Child Nutrition, Attn: Misty Davis at 614-752-7613. If you have any questions about the SSO Program, please contact our office at 800-808-6325.