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Emergency Summer Meals COVID-19 Information


The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) allow school food authorities (SFAs) and other community organizations to provide free meals to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The USDA has extended the wavier of eligibility requirements for both of these programs through September 30, 2021.

For common questions and answers, view the:

(updated 4/15/21)

Guidance and Memos
Nationwide Waivers

Child Nutrition Programs

For a complete list of all waivers issued during the public health emergency visit the USDA Child Nutrition COVID-19 Waivers page.

SY 2020-21 SSO waiver forms can be found on the SSO COVID webpage.

To request a meal pattern flexibility for SFSP, fill out the SFSP meal pattern flexibility form

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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

For agencies serving meals to children during emergency meal situations. Agencies who participated in the past may choose to operate SFSP during emergency meal situations and COVID-19 related school closures.


Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

For SFAs only serving free meals during emergency meal situations. SFAs without active SFSP contracts are directed to participate in the SSO during the COVID-19 pandemic.