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Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Program

The Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program is approved and monitored by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction School Nutrition Services.  The program is designed to encourage more school food authorities (SFAs) to provide meals during summer and other school vacation periods. This option combines features of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SSO reduces paperwork and administrative burden making it easier for SFAs to provide meals to children in low-income areas during the traditional summer vacation periods and, for year-round schools, school vacation periods longer than 10 school days. 

For information about the program visit the USDA website: Seamless Summer Option – How it Works

Program Contact:

NCDPI School Nutrition Services
6324 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-6324

How to Apply:

Schools that wish to participate in the SSO program CLICK HERE for detailed instructions and documents to apply.


Program Monitoring & Compliance

Program Policy & Guidance

Policy MemoSubject/TitleRelease Date
SFSP-13-2011 For-Profit Locations as Meal Sites in the Summer Food Service Program  Apr-8-2011
Summer Feeding Options for School Food Authorities
(SP 07-2013)
SFSP-03-2013 Determining Area Eligibility Based on School Data
(SP 06-2013)
SP-32-2013 2013 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option Mar-29-2013
SFSP-02-2014 Mobile Feeding Options in Summer Feeding Programs
(SP 02-2014)
SFSP-03-2014 Census Data Release Fiscal Year 2014
(SP 03-2014)
SFSP-04-2014 Promoting Nutrition in Summer Meals
(SP 04-2014)
SFSP-05-2014 Use of School and Census Data
(SP 05-2014)
SFSP-08-2014 Meal Service Requirements
(SP 08-2014)
SFSP-11-2014 Effective Date of Free or Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Determinations
(SP 11-2014)
SFSP-14-2014 Demonstration Project for Non-Congregate Feeding for Outdoor Summer Feeding Sites Experiencing Excessive Heat Revised Q & As Jan-10-2014

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