The Seamless Summer Feeding Program (SP) combines features of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP). The purpose of the program is to reduce the administrative burden and paperwork requirements placed on districts/schools to operate a summer feeding program. Only local education agencies (LEAs) are allowed to operate under the SP option.
LEAs must complete the application process in order to operate a SP. Once approved, schools operate sites in lower-income areas and may feed children 18 years of age and younger. Meals are reimbursed at the free NSLP/SBP rates. Schools may serve a maximum of two meals per day at each site, which includes snacks as a meal. The LEA may have sites in school and non-school settings. LEAs are encouraged to offer meals at alternate sites, such as parks, community pools, community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs. Training for the SP is not mandatory. However, training is provided via a conference call and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction encourages all sponsors interested in the SP to participate.
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks were served to children by 35 LEAs in 23 of the 39 counties in Washington State during the summer of 2012. Lunches were served throughout the state at
69 sites to an average of 3,292 children each day.
It is important to note that school districts operating an academic summer school and feeding only those children enrolled in the summer school program must extend their NSLP/SBP agreement instead of operating under the summer program.
For more information, contact:
Donna Parsons, Director, Child Nutrition Services, at (360)
725-6200 or by e-mail at
The agency TTY number is (360) 664-3631.