Seamless Summer Option
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. Once approved, Sponsors serve meals free of charge to children, age 18 years and under. All reimbursable meals served to eligible children are claimed at the free reimbursement rate.
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Serving SSO in School Year 2021-2022
Due to COVID-19, USDA released a number of waivers effective for school year 2021-22. Effective the last regular school day of 2022 or no later than June 30, 2022, waiver COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #85 will expire. The waiver allowed Sponsors to operate SSO during SY 21-22, regardless of its location or the type of SSO site it is operating.
Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Program has developed resources to communicate the transition of summer meals from service under USDA flexibilities to the traditional congregate service model.
"Reconnecting with Summer Meals" 2022 Communications Toolkit
(Translations of materials coming soon