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Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

The Seamless Summer Option (SSO) is federally-funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and state-administered by the Vermont Agency of Education Child Nutrition Programs. It is part of the suite of School Meals Programs. The requirements are a combination of the School Meals Program and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  

The program is an option for School Food Authorities (SFAs) to provide meals to children, 18 and under, at sites during summer vacation, and for year-round schools, during school vacation periods longer than 10 school days.

Sites may be school or non-school locations.

Program Guidance


Each year, SFAs are required to review each SSO sites at least once during its operation. The SFA must review the site’s compliance with meal counting, claiming, menu planning, and food safety requirements. 


Seamless Summer Option (SSO) School Year 2021-2022 Training


School Year 2021-2022 Waivers

  • Sodium requirements 
  • Whole grain-rich 
  • For preschoolers that at least one serving be whole grain-rich  
  • Vegetable subgroups 
  • Milk choice 
  • Low-fat milk be unflavored  
  • Age/grade group requirements  
For all of the above meal pattern flexibilites, except for sodium, the sponsor request must include a description of the need for the flexibility and how they will support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19