Summer Food Programs (SSO & SFSP)


Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Two summer food programs are administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, and within Vermont by the Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs.

Seamless Summer Option (SSO) - School Food Authorities participating in the NSLP or SBP are eligible to apply for the Seamless Summer Option. The same NSLP and SBP rules apply for meal service. Meals served are reimbursed at the NSLP and/or SBP “free” rates.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) - Public or private non-profit schools, local, municipal, county, tribal or state government, private non-profits, public or private non-profit camps, and private or non-profit universities or colleges can serve as Summer Food Service Program sponsors. Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff, managerial skills, and food service capabilities. A sponsor may provide its own meals, purchase meals through an agreement with an area school, or contract for meals with a food vendor.


Become A Summer Food Ambassador (recorded 10/22/2014): This webinar promotes thriving summer food programs that embrace a larger vision of community. Explore how to identify free and local resources, nurture partnerships and leverage resources to further enrich your community as well as the kids you serve.



Comparison of SSO to SFSP


April 15, 2015


SFSP New Sponsor Statement of Intent or SFSP Existing Sponsor Statement of Intent

Password Request Form

For SFSP New Sponsors, please also submit:
W-9, Fiscal Year, Address
Proof of Non-profit Status for New Sponsors


June 1, 2015


online agreement and required forms:
Media Release Information
Letter to Department of Health
Staff Training Agenda
Monday - Friday Menu Planner and/or Saturday-Sunday Menu Planner

For SFSP Sponsors With Food Service Management Companies:
Vendor or FSMC Agreement

For SFSP Not-For-Profit Sponsors:
Certification of Direct Operational Control


June 1, 2015


SSO Statement of Intent and SSO Online Agreement


June 15, 2015


SSO Open Site Eligibility

SFSP before site operations (submit to us): Staff Training Certification

SFSP end of First Week of Camp or Closed Enrolled Site Operation (submit to us): Eligibility Documentation along with cover sheet Camp or Closed Enrolled Site or Open Site

SFSP within first week of site operation (keep in your files): First Week Monitoring

SSO within 3 weeks of site operation (keep in your files): Site Monitoring

SFSP once during site operation (keep in your files): Ethnic & Racial Data Collection

SFSP within 4 weeks of site operation (keep in your files): On Site Prep Monitoring or Residential Camp Monitoring or Satellite Site Monitoring


Submit to VT AOE:

Keep for Your Records:


SFSP Manuals

SFSP Applicant Appeal Policy

SFSP USDA Resources and Guidance

SFSP Meal Patterns

SFSP Vermont Manual

SSO Vermont Manual

  Summer Food Service Program Availability of Funds
Date Released: February 2, 2014
  USDA Summer Food Programs
Date Released: April 26, 2013

Nancy Lewis, Education Consultant
(802) 479-1207

Page Last Updated on December 4, 2014