CCSD Seamless Summer Feeding Program
What is the Seamless Summer Feeding Program?
The Seamless Summer Feeding Program (SSFP), also known as the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), allows school food authorities to provide free summer meals in low-income areas during the traditional summer vacation periods. It is an extension of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Free breakfast and lunch meals that meet Federal nutrition guidelines are provided to all children at approved SSFP sites.
What are the Dates of the Seamless Summer Feeding Program?
The Seamless Summer Feeding Program will operate from Monday, June 9, 2014 through Friday, August 8, 2014. The program will only be closed July 4, 2014. This will provide 44 days of summer meal service. Sites can operate during this entire span or only during a portion of the 44 days.
What Types of Meals are Provided?
Breakfast and lunch meals that meet federal meal pattern and nutritional requirements will be served daily. Lunch meals will differ daily and consist of mostly hot meal lunch entrees like roasted chicken, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese with diced ham, and sweet glazed popcorn chicken. Fresh fruits and vegetables are served daily, in addition to low-fat chocolate and white milk. Check back soon for our 2014 Seamless Summer Feeding Program Menu.
All food pans, serving utensils, napkins, gloves, hair nets, condiments, and food transporting containers will be provided by CCSD.
How Do Sites Receive Meals?
Breakfast and lunch meals will be picked up by approved sites on a daily basis. We do not deliver summer meals. We have ten schools throughout Charleston County that are meal preparation sites:
- Burke High (downtown)
- Sanders Clyde Elementary (downtown)
- Murray Lasaine Elementary (James Island)
- St. John’s High (Johns Island)
- St. James Santee Elementary (McClellanville)
- Stall High (North Charleston)
- Charleston County School of the Arts (North Charleston)
- Military Magnet High (North Charleston)
- Baptist Hill High (Hollywood)
- West Ashley Middle School (West Ashley)
Who Can Participate?
Children 18 years of age or younger at approved sites are eligible to receive free summer meals. A person 19 years of age and over who has a mental or physical disability as determined by a State or local educational agency and participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program may also receive meals. This program is not for adults.
How Do I Become a Site that Receives Free Summer Meals?
Please download and complete the 2014 Seamless Summer Feeding Program Application. Instructions and how to submit this form are included on the application. The deadline for receiving SSFP applications is Friday, May 9, 2014.
I Want to be a Site. What are My Responsibilities?
- Serve meals to all needy children 18 years of age and under
- Serve meals that meet the minimum meal pattern requirements
- Provide adequate supervision during the meal service
- Ensure that children eat all meals on site
- Maintain and submit promptly such reports and records that the sponsor requires
- Report to the sponsor any changes in the number of meals required as attendance fluctuates
- Report any other problems regarding the meal services
- Comply with civil rights laws and regulations
- Adhere to local health and sanitation regulations
- Attend one CCSD sponsor training session
What Type of Site Do I Select?
Sites are divided into four categories.
- Open site: Serves all children through age 18 at a site that is located within the geographical boundaries of the attendance area of a CCSD school where at least 50% of the children are certified eligible to receive free or reduced price school meals. Sites that meet this criterion are considered “area eligible.”
- Restricted open site: On a first-come, first-serve basis, serves children through age 18 at a site that is located within the geographical boundaries of the attendance area of a CCSD school where at least 50% of the children are certified eligible to receive free or reduced price school meals. Attendance is limited for reasons of security, safety, or control. If you selected “restricted open” for your site, select which of the following reasons limits your attendance/participation: security, safety, or control.
- Closed enrolled site: Serves only an identified group of enrolled children who are participating in a specific program or activity (in area eligible or non-area eligible locations); these sites are not open for area children to “drop in” for meals and site activities. To qualify as a “closed-enrolled” site that is not “area eligible,” at least 50 percent of the enrolled children must be been individually determined to be eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. Closed enrolled sites that are not area eligible are responsible for providing a site roster with first and last names to CCSD Nutrition Services before the site begins operations. These rosters will be used to verify the free or reduced price meal status for each enrolled child. Closed-enrolled sites that are “area eligible” DO NOT NEED to provide a roster.
- Migrant: A migrant site is a type of open or restricted open site. CCSD must certify that migrant sites only serve or primarily serve children of migrant workers. Determination of site eligibility is required through a migrant coordinator or a migrant organization.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or call (202)720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For more information about the Seamless Summer Feeding Program, please contact:
CCSD SSFP Program Manager
Charleston County School District Department of Nutrition Services
3999 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405