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Comparison of Programs SFSP/NSLP/Seamless Summer Option


Topic SFSP NSLP/SBP Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
Meal Service Locations Schools, Camps, Churches, Community Centers, Housing Projects, Libraries, Migrant Centers, Parks, Playgrounds, Pools, and Other public sites where children gather Schools, Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs) Same as SFSP
Meal Cost for Children All meals are free *Meal cost (free/reduced price/paid) for children is based on their income eligibility  Same as SFSP
Establishing Site Eligibility

Open Sites: In the attendance area of a school or in a geographic area defined by census data where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, and open to community

Closed Enrolled Sites:  50 percent or more of enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, determined by approved application, or operate in an eligible area

*waiver from area eligibility requirements available

Schools: Public and private non-profit schools of high school grade and under that are part of State’s education system

RCCIs: Public and licensed, non-profit, private

Same as SFSP
Type of Meals Up to any combination of 2 except Lunch and Supper:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snack (AM or PM)
  • Supper
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Afterschool Snacks
Same as SFSP
Reimbursement SBP/NSLP Free Reimbursement Rate:
Monitoring Required of SFA/Sponsors

Pre-operational visits before a new or problem site operates the summer program

Site visits the first week of operation (waived for sites that operated successfully the previous summer)
*waiver available

Site review during first 4 weeks of operation, followed by additional monitoring as needed. 
*waiver from conducting review on-site available

Onsite review of lunch counting and claiming system for each school by Feb 1st each year
*waiver available
Review of meal counting, claiming and meal pattern compliance at least once during each site’s operation
Meal Pattern Meal pattern must meet 7 CFR 225.16(d) standards, though School Food Authorities may substitute NSLP/SBP meal patterns
*waiver available
Must meet Nutrition Standards in the NSLP and SBP 77 Fed. Reg. 4088 (Jan. 26, 2012) Final Rule
*waiver available

Same as NSLP/SBP

Eligible Participants Children under 19 Children enrolled in school Same as SFSP

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  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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