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Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Program for School Food Authorities

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. School Food Authorities includes Traditional Public Schools, Charters Schools and NonPublics currently participating in the National School Lunch/School Breakfast program.  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. 

Program Contact:

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

Program Policy & Guidance


NC Site Finder Map

The NC Site Finder Map is for families and the general public to find free nutritious meals for children in North Carolina. The map will be updated at least weekly during the traditional summer operating months (June - August).

Summer Nutrition Mapping Hub

The Summer Nutrition Mapping Hub webpage includes links to the NC Site Finder for families, as well as the NC Capacity Builder map. The NC Capacity Builder map is for current and potential Summer Nutrition Program sponsors to use to take a deep dive into where we are currently serving nutritious summer meals, and where there is room for growth.


Summer Nutrition Program Awards

Steps to Participate in the SSO Program


Complete and submit
Statement of Intent

School Food Authorities that plan to participate in the Seamless Summer Option Program must complete and submit a 2019 SSO Statement of Intent  to the state agency. This form:

  • is for SFAs only;
  • Requires signature of Superintendent;
  • Cannot be faxed or emailed. Hard copies must be submitted to Cynthia Ervin.


Site Applications

IMPORTANT NOTE: All sponsors must be fully approved to participate in the SSO Program in order to claim meals for reimbursement. Sponsors WILL NOT be reimbursed for meals served prior to full approval to participate in the SSO program.

  • Submit a site application for each location meal will be provided to children
  • Ensure NCDPI approval prior to operating at any site

Step 3

Attend SSO Required
Continuing Education for School Food Authorities

Date & Time:  Launch January 7, 2019

The 2019 Seamless Summer Option program, new and returning SSO School Food Authorities, are required to complete the Required Annual Continuing Education (RACE).  NCDPI will provide webinars as an overview of training requirements.  More information will be emailed during December.  RACE must be completed prior to submitting site applications for the 2019 SSO.

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