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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



Cynthia D. Ervin, MBA, RD, LDN
NCDPI School Nutrition Services
6324 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-6324


Information and Guidance

    • SFSP 13-2011
      For-Profit Locations as Meal Sites in the Summer Food Service Program (April 8, 2011)
    • SP 32-2013
      2013 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option (March 29, 2013)
    • SP 16-2014, SFSP 14-2014
      Demonstration Project for Non-Congregate Feeding for Outdoor Summer Feeding Sites Experiencing Excessive Heat Revised Q & As (January 10, 2014)

    How to Apply:

    Schools that wish to participate in the SSO program must apply individually via the online Child Nutrition Technology System and must be approved in advance to participate.  Additionally, SFAs must mail the following documents to Cynthia D. Ervin (see address above) prior to May 15.

    Program Operation Documents – 2014

    Outreach Materials and Grant Opportunities

    • No Kid Hungry (NKH)Tools and Resources

    Mobile Meals Playbook

    School Calculator


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