Seamless Summer Program

The Seamless Summer Option (SSO), authorized by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, is available to schools participating in School Nutrition Programs (SNP). SSO was designed for schools that wished to provide meals over the summer months to their communities, but found changing programs to be problematic and/or just found it simpler to continue serving the same type of meals they had served all school year.

Schools must qualify their site based on school or census data. All eligible meals are claimed at the free meal reimbursement rate. Program requirements are explained in the USDA memo below titled Q&As for the Seamless Summer Option, and on the USDA website.

While both SSO and Summer Food Service (SFSP) programs can serve summer meals, SFSP provides a higher reimbursement and is the primary program for summer, allowing school food authorities and nonprofit sponsors to operate both open and enrolled sites over the summer months. View SFSP program information.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Access key USDA memos on Seamless Summer below.