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Seamless Summer Option

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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Documenting Program Eligibility

School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the NSLP or SBP are eligible to apply for the Seamless Summer Option. Site eligibility requirements are the same as for SFSP.


The types of sites allowed to participate in this option include: 

  • Open sites: all children eat free in communities.
  • Restricted open sites: sites that meet the open site criteria, explained above, but are later restricted for safety, control, or security reasons with state agency approval. The sponsor must publicize that the site is open on a first-come, first-served basis to all community children, but participation will be limited.
  • Closed enrolled sites: may be in any community for an enrolled group.
  • Migrant sites: serving children of migrant families.
  • Camps: residential or non-residential camps.

Meal Pattern

Sponsors must follow the NSLP and SBP meal pattern when serving SSO meals. 

Reimbursement Rates - Coming Soon for July and August 2023

USDA releases reimbursement rates annually, typically in June for School Nutrition Programs. The Fiscal Year for SSO reimbursement runs from July 1 - June 30.

Helpful Documents

For additional information or questions, contact the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs by Email: ODE School Nutrition or Phone: 503-947-5894.