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Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

Information about the federal Seamless Summer Option opportunity that allows public schools to combine features of the School Nutrition Programs and the Summer Food Service Program along with reduced paperwork requirements.

Announcements

2019 California Farm to Summer Week

SSO sponsors please note: The 2019 California Farm to Summer (F2Summer) week will be taking place June 24–28!

What is Farm to Summer and how can you participate?

F2Summer is a national initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service meant to connect children with local agriculture and nutrition education. Participating sponsors nationwide that currently offer a summer meal program conduct a number of activities during a F2Summer week. This includes serving local foods, offering F2Summer enrichment activities, or promoting their F2Summer activities. For more information on the national F2Summer initiative, please visit the Food and Nutrition Service Farm to Summer web page External link opens in new window or tab..

2019 California Farm to Summer Week Challenge Survey
The Nutrition Services Division would like to extend an opportunity for SSO sponsors to complete a survey to let us know whether you are interested in participating in the 2019 California F2Summer week. Please select the following link to complete the 2019 California F2Summer Week survey. Sponsors are encouraged to take the survey at their earliest convenience.

The 2018 Summer Sunshine Award Recipients

The California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division would like to recognize the eight California summer meal program sponsors who were awarded and honored for the 2018 Summer Sunshine Awards by USDA’s Western Region Office. To learn more about the 2018 winners, please visit the California Summer Sunshine Award Recipients web page.

Summer Meal Sites On Your Mobile Devices

Find Summer Meal Sites with Your Phone
The CA Meals for Kids mobile application helps you find nearby California Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs Sites through your iOS, Android, or Microsoft devices.

SSO Program Details

SSO Agreement Information

How Do I Apply to Participate in the SSO?
Seamless Summer Option (SSO) agreement and guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) providing additional clarification to program participation and operations.

Site Type, Eligibility, and Outreach Requirements
Information to establish specific types of sites. This Web page also provides outreach criteria for the different types of sites.

Public Notification

The California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division has submitted the below waiver requests to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services. This information is provided to comply with the public notification statutory requirements in the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 12(l)(1)(A)(ii).

USDA Waiver Request For First Week Site Visits (PDF; 26-Dec-2018)

USDA Waiver Request For Air Quality Non-congregate Meal Service (PDF; 26-Dec-2018)


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Questions:   Summer Meals Unit | 916-324-6153
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 11, 2019
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