The Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
Lewisville ISD for the 2021-2022 school year is part of The Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which is a federally assisted meal program operating in public schools. It provides nutritionally balanced, no-cost breakfasts and lunches to children each school day. SSO institutions must serve breakfasts, and lunches that meet Federal meal pattern requirements and offer the meals at no cost to all children, regardless of family eligibility. Nutritionally compliant snacks may also be served to children who participate in an approved afterschool program, including an educational, or enrichment activity.
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What Makes a Complete Breakfast?
Students are offered 4 meal components:
1. Fruit or 100% Fruit Juice
3. Meat/Meat Alternate
Students must take at least 3 of the 4 meal components and one of those must be a fruit or 100% fruit juice.
Similar to lunch, most of the entrees comprise the meat/meat alternate and grain components (i.e. Egg & Sausage Breakfast Taco) or are menued with a grain component (i.e. Cheesy Scrambled Eggs with Whole Grain Toast).
What Makes a Complete Lunch?
Students are offered 5 meal components:
4. Meat/Meat Alternate
Students must take at least 3 of the 5 components offered and one of those must be a fruit or vegetable.
Most entrees on the menu comprise the grain and meat/meat alternate components (i.e. Hamburger) or are menued with a grain component (i.e. Chicken Caesar Salad with Whole Grain Roll).
Smart Snacks in Schools
Lewisville ISD follows Smart Snacks in Schools regulations for all a la carte food and drink items sold during the school day. These are national nutrition guidelines that are not already covered by the school breakfast and lunch (SSO) program. These science-based nutrition standards encourage children to make healthier snack choices and apply to all foods sold a la carte in the cafeteria, in school stores, snack bars, and vending machines.
For food items, Smart Snack guidelines require the item to:
- Be a whole grain-rich product; and/or
- Have the first ingredient be a fruit, vegetable, low-fat dairy or protein food
- Be a combination food that contains at least a ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable
- Contain 10% of the Daily Value for calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber
- Meet strict calorie, sodium, fat and sugar limits
For beverage items, Smart Snack guidelines require the item to:
- Be unflavored or flavored fat-free or low-fat milk and milk alternatives
- Be 100% fruit or vegetable juice
High Schools may sell additional “no calorie” or “lower calorie” beverage options, including caffeinated beverages with strict calorie limits.
For an infographic displaying the health benefits of Smart Snack guidelines click here: Smart Snack Infographic