SY2022 Seamless Summer Option

Seamless Summer Option Webinar - July 22, 2021 (40:00)
Seamless Summer Option (pdf)

Questions and answers from July webinar

Seamless Summer Option Site Guidance

Take Out Meals Guidance

Guidance for Unanticipated School Closures - Storm Days

Meal Types

  • The maximum number of meals that may be offered under the SSO is up to two meals, or one meal and one snack, per child, per day, in any combination except lunch and supper.

    - After School Snack may be offered in addition to breakfast and lunch but must be claimed under NSLP and not SSO.

Onsite Monitoring

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

Additional Monitoring form if applicable


  • Separate meal counts and records must be maintained for meals served under SSO. If serving multiple types of meals at one time (i.e. breakfast and lunch), separate counts must be kept for the breakfast and lunch meals 
  • Meals may be counted on the day distributed, but must be claimed for the day the meal is intended to be consumed.
  • All meals served in the SSO are claimed in the 'free' category
  • SFA's may use Tic Sheets or a POS system to conduct meals counts, we encourage  SFAs to use a POS system whenever possible
  • Weekend meals may not be offered with SSO
  • Daily Meal Count Sheets
    Consolidated Meal Count Sheet

Meal Pattern and Production Records

  • Production records are required when serving meals under SSO. Sites operating the SSO may document meals served using the same production record templates used for meals served in the SBP and NSLP.
  • School Year 2022 School Nutrition Programs Meal Pattern Flexibility Waivers. 
    • Schools are expected to meet the NSLP/SBP meal pattern requirements to the greatest extent possible and only utilize the meal pattern flexibilities if needed. 
  • SY 22 Meal Pattern Waiver  

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Nationwide Waiver to Allow Specific School Meal Pattern Flexibility for School Year 2022. This waiver applies to schools that operate the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). All previously approved meal pattern waiver requests expire on September 30, 2021.  

    Waiver requests should be targeted and justified with a demonstrated need, based on plans to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19.

    Requests must be:  

  • For current needs rather than anticipated needs. 
  • Submitted at the sponsor level rather than site level. 
  • Submitted by the sponsor, not foodservice management/catering company contacts.  
  • To submit a meal pattern request, complete the SY 22 Meal Pattern Flexibility Waiver.

Professional Standards for School Food Service
Documentation of Professional Standards