SFSP & SSO Requirements - Comparison Chart of Usual vs. COVID-19 Waiver Operations

This chart briefly describes the program requirements for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO). It compares "usual" operational provisions to those allowed under the COVID-19 pandemic waivers. Waivers will not be available for summer 2023 operations. Use this chart as a quick guide, but please do contact your state agency for more information and details on what is allowable for summer 2023 operations. 

This chart includes regulatory changes from the SFSP final rule: Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the SFSP

Note: In rural areas without access to congregate meal sites, non-congregate or "grab & go" meal service may be available in summer 2023. Please contact your state agency for more information and review USDA's Implementation Guidance: Summer 2023 Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas for additional details.