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The Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP) understands the unique operating circumstances that schools and students will experience this fall. That is why ODE CNP is working diligently to identify and create resources to help you plan your back to school nutrition experience.  

Back to School Tool Kit and Resources 

Seamless Summer Option for SY 21-22 

The Summer Seamless Option (SSO) combines features of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Traditionally, Seamless Summer Option is restricted to summer vacation periods and, for year-round schools, long school vacation periods for eligible school sites. NSLP meal patterns, program requirements, and reimbursement rates are followed. 

Due to COVID 19, USDA has released a number of waivers effective for the entire school year 2021-2022.  In Covid-19, Child Nutrition Response #85, Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for SY 2021-2022, FNS is allowing SSO operation to continue when school is open during the regular school year, effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, and may be used at any school, including RCCI's, regardless of its location or type of SSO site it is operating.

Visit the SSO webpage for additional information. 

Student Success Act and Back to School Planning 

The Student Success Act provides additional incentives for meal reimbursements to sponsors of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

Community Eligibility Incentive

​School sites that are eligible for the federal Community Eligibility Provision, whose federal free reimbursement rate is below 90%, the Oregon CEP Incentive will supplement the reimbursements to be equal to 90% free. To take advantage of this incentive, follow the instructions on the ODE Special Provisions webpage.​

Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines Incentive

Students who do not qualify for the federal free or reduced meal benefit but whose household income falls between 186% - 300% of the federal poverty rate, will have their “paid meal price” paid by the State of Oregon. This option is available through individual household income applications only. Additional information is available on the School Nutrition Program Eligibility webpage.​

Breakfast after the Bell

​Breakfast after the Bell is required for school sites whose student population is 70% federal free/reduced eligible. Equipment grants are available for all such required sites. Sites that are already reaching 70% or more of their free/reduced eligible students with their existing breakfast program may claim an exemption to this requirement. Additional information is available on the Breakfast After the Bell webpage.