Summer Nutrition Opportunities
There are three summer nutrition program opportunities from which sponsors may select to offer meals to children during the summer months and/or other vacation periods. The Summer Food Service Program, Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program and Continuation of the National School Lunch Program.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides funds to the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to administer the Summer Food Service Program. The NCDPI School Nutrition Section staff recruits government, school food authorities, and non-profit organizations to sponsor SFSP in their communities. Sponsors are reimbursed for the eligible meals served to eligible children at eligible locations. Meals may be prepared on-site if the kitchen is adequately equipped, or sponsors may contract with a vendor to purchase prepared meals.
During 2015, more than *850,000 children in North Carolina were eligible to receive SFSP meals. However, only 10 out of every 100 of those same children were served nutritious meals during the summer. Therefore, the School Nutrition Services Section is making every effort to publicize the program so that more organizations will become program sponsors.
* = Includes adjustment for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
The Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program is approved and monitored by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction School Nutrition Services and funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is designed to encourage more school food authorities (SFAs) to provide meals during summer and other school vacation periods. SFA are organizations that successfully administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP). The SSO combines features of the NSLP, SBP, and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).