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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

2020 California Farm to Summer Week

Save the date! Farm to Summer (F2Summer) Week in California this year will be June 22–26, 2020.

We encourage all summer meal program sponsors to integrate F2Summer activities all summer long and during this F2Summer Week especially, we ask that you take the F2Summer Week Challenge by doing three things at least once during that week:

  1. Serve a locally sourced food item
  2. Provide agricultural-based education or enrichment activity
  3. Share what you did on social media or another way with your community

Resources to help you complete these three activities will be posted on our forthcoming F2Summer Week Challenge web page. Look out for announcements for this page by the end of March.

Start planning now and look for a pre-F2Summer Week Survey to let us know that you plan to participate! Awardees will receive a One in a Melon trophy and your organization’s name will be posted on our web page.

2019 California Farm to Summer Week

SSO sponsors please note: The 2019 California Farm to Summer (F2Summer) week June 24–28 has come to a successful end!

Post Survey: California Farm to Summer Week Challenge 2019 (June 24−28)

The Nutrition Services Division would like to thank all of the SSO sponsors who participated and we ask that you complete the 2019 Post Survey: California F2Summer Challenge 2019 (June 24−28) to provide feedback on this year’s F2Summer Week Challenge. This information will be used to learn more about successful activities and identify challenges to participation in California F2Summer Week. Please select the following link to complete the Post Survey: California Farm to Summer Week Challenge 2019 (June 24−28). Sponsors are encouraged to take the survey before the deadline of August 15, 2019.

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 California 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..

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.


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Questions:   Summer Meals Unit | 916-324-6153
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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