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.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) memos
contain additional information on Seamless Summer.



  • Public School List with Percentage of Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Students from School Year 2018-19  - 4/16/19
    To be used to identify schools that have 50% or more free and reduced students qualifying the school as eligible based on school data. Eligibility applies to the 2020 Program Year for the Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer Program (May 2019-April 2020), Afterschool Snack (July 2019-June 2020), and the Child and Adult Care Food (October 2019-September 2020). Family Day Care Home eligibility is re-determined in February 2019 using this data.

Overview and Applying to Participate

  • 6/10/19
  • Site Definitions and Eligibility Documentation - Summer Meal Programs  - 4/15/19
    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).
  • 2/23/18
    Instructions for submitting Seamless Summer Option applications online; due June 1.

Implementation Tools and Resources