Seamless Summer Option (SSO)


This is a component of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and is an administratively streamlined version of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for schools participating in the NSLP. Like the SFSP the purpose is to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Although only sponsored by schools, summer sites may be established in the same types of locations as the SFSP such as schools, parks, libraries, pools, and community centers. Sites must be located in low-income areas and sponsors can be reimbursed for up to two meal types per day. All meals are reimbursed at the same rate as they would if served under the NSLP to include state reimbursement and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services entitlement. 

Seamless Summer Option
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Drug Administration


School Food Authorities (SFA) wishing to apply for the Seamless Summer Option at schools already participating on the National School Lunch Program can do so by changing the status of the Seamless Summer Option on their “Site Information Sheet” in CNPweb. To offer the SSO at non-school sites, or sites under the jurisdiction of another SFA please contact the State Agency for assistance.

Many Sponsors have questions about the differences between the SSO and the regular Summer Food Service Program. The following chart explains many of the program differences:

SSO vs SFSP Comparison Chart

For help understanding basic qualification requirements or if you need assistance with the application process please contact USBE CNP.


Since the Seamless Summer Option is a continuation of your operation of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) requirements, most of the training topics for the SSO will be the same as that of those two programs. For NSLP and NSBP information, visit their program page or look for trainings in CNP CANVAS.

Determining and documenting site eligibility for SSO is the same process as it is for the Summer Food Service Program.
View the following videos to find out more:

Determining Site Eligibility

Documenting Site Eligibility

Reimbursement Rates

SSO sponsors receive the same rates as they would if offering meals and snacks under School Meals Programs: National School Lunch Programs (NSLP), National School Breakfast Programs (NSBP), and Afterschool Snack Program (ASP). Reimbursement includes Severe Need lunch and Severe Need breakfast for qualifying sponsors and sites. Suppers are reimbursed at the free lunch rate and like lunches in the NSLP receive additional state reimbursement. The total lunches and suppers served are added to the total meals served during the school year and factor into how much USDA Foods the sponsor may receive. Snacks are reimbursed at the same rate as the ASP.

For additional information and to see the current per meal reimbursement rates visit the School Meals Program Pages and refer to the respective Reimbursement Rates Tab.

Claims for reimbursement for this program are due to USBE no later than the 4th working day of each month in CNPWeb, no later than 60 days from the end of the month being claimed. Once a claim has been submitted, you can amend the claim within 90 days if you’re claiming additional meals and any time if you’re claiming fewer meals.


In coordination with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), our office distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarify program requirements and regulations.

USDA/FNS Policy center allows you to search for current and archived USDA published policy memorandum.

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