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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

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 2018 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.


Approval by State Agency

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.

Step 3

Attend SSO Required
Continuing Education for School Food Authorities

2018 Required Annual Continuing Education (for SFAs) (webinar)
Date & Time:  April 20 (2:00 - 3:30pm).

The 2018 Seamless Summer Option program webinars is for all new and returning SSO School Food Authorities. The webinar will provide an overview of program requirements and will equip SFAs for effective and compliant program operations of the SSO. Time will be allotted to address questions. This is required for all SFAs interested in administering the SSO.

Register here:

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