Seamless Summer Option Ends 6/30/22
Newton has been operating under the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) during the pandemic, which is a USDA program that allows for universally-free meals that can be provided in grab-and-go packaging and can be eaten in locations outside of the cafeteria. However, the Seamless Summer Option program will expire as of 6/30/22. For the 2022-2023 school year, Newton will return to operating under the more structured National School Lunch Program (NSLP) – including paid meals for students who are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Newton is waiting to learn what the new federal reimbursements will be for free, reduced price, and paid meals so that we can develop a financially-responsible model for the Food Services Program that will inform what the paid meal prices will be for the 2022-23 school year. School Committee will review recommendations for that pricing during their 5/23 meeting.
Lining Up Returns to the Cafeterias
One of the major benefits of the Seamless Summer Option is that with universally-free meals, students do not have to wait in line. This accommodation allowed for necessary social distancing during the pandemic. As we return to normal operations, students will have to wait to go through the lunch line to get their food and to pass through the Point of Sale terminal to have their meal either counted (free/reduced) or to pay for their meal. This will be a major culture change for students after two years of being able to just grab a lunch without waiting.