Seamless Summer Program

The Seamless Summer Option (SSO) is available to schools participating in school nutrition programs. SSO is designed for schools that wish to provide meals over the summer months to their communities, but do not want to change program operations to meet the requirements of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Schools must qualify their site based on school or census data. All eligible meals are claimed at the school nutrition programs' free meal reimbursement rate (except when qualified as a residential or day camp). While both SSO and Summer Food Service (SFSP) programs can serve summer meals, SFSP provides a higher reimbursement and is the primary program for summer, allowing School Food Authorities (SFAs) and nonprofit sponsors to operate both open and enrolled sites over the summer months. View SFSP program information.



  • Public School List with Percentage of Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students from School Year 2019-20  - 4/20/21
    To be used to identify schools that have 50% or more free and reduced-price meals qualifying the school as eligible based on school data. Eligibility applies to the 2022 Program Year for the Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer Program (May 2021-April 2022), Afterschool Snack (July 2021-June 2022), and the Child and Adult Care Food (Oct 2021-Sept 2022). Family Day Care Home eligibility is re-determined in February 2021 using this data.

Overview and Applying to Participate

  • 10/1/20
    Instructions for submitting Seamless Summer Option applications in the Cyber-Linked Interactive Child Nutrition System (CLiCS).
  • Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Overview - Note pages  - 3/2/20
    This training covers the basic eligibility and operational requirements of the Seamless Summer Option.
  • 2/7/20
    This document is a condensed version of SP 09-2017 Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option
  • Site Definitions and Eligibility Documentation - Summer Meal Programs  - 11/22/19
    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) definitions and eligibility requirements for the various sites allowed under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO).
  • 6/10/19

Implementation Tools and Resources