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The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act provides an additional 6-cents per
lunch reimbursement to school districts that certified to be in compliance
with the new meal patterns. The increased reimbursement, a significant
investment in improving the quality of school meals, are provided to
school districts once they meet the new meal patterns published in the
final rule on January 26, 2012. Funding became available to school
districts starting October 1, 2012.

Interim Rule: Certification of Compliance With Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (4/27/12)
SP 55-2013: Questions and Answers Related to 6 Cents Certification during SY 2013-14
SP 44-2012: Questions and Answers Related to 6 Cents Certification Tool (revision)
SP 40-2012: Certification of Compliance with New Meal Patterns - Validation Review Checklists
-- Prototype Lunch Validation Review Checklist for SY 2012-13
-- Prototype Breakfast Validation Review Checklist for SY 2012-13
Certification of Compliance with New Meal Patterns: Tools, Specifications, and Prototype Attestation Statement
-- School Food Authority Six Cents Attestation
-- Menu Worksheet Instructions - Lunch
-- Menu Worksheet Instructions - Breakfast
-- Simplified Nutrient Assessment Instructions - Lunch
-- Simplified Nutrient Assessment Instructions - Breakfast
-- Instructions for Transferring Data from USDA Certification Tools
-- Certification Meal Pattern Requirement Specification
-- 3-Day Schedule Certification Worksheets
    -- Grades K-5: Lunch
    -- Grades 6-8: Lunch
    -- Grades K-8: Lunch
    -- Grades 9-12: Lunch
-- 4-Day Schedule Certification Worksheets
    -- Grades K-5: Lunch
    -- Grades 6-8: Lunch
    -- Grades K-8: Lunch
    -- Grades 9-12: Lunch
-- 5-Day Schedule Certification Worksheets
    -- Grades K-5: Breakfast

    -- Grades 6-8: Breakfast

    -- Grades 9-12: Breakfast

    -- Grades K-12: Breakfast

    -- Grades K-8: Breakfast

    -- Grades K-5: Lunch
    -- Grades 6-8: Lunch
    -- Grades K-8: Lunch
    -- Grades 9-12: Lunch
-- 6-Day Schedule Certification Worksheets
 
   -- Grades K-5:Breakfast

    -- Grades 6-8: Breakfast

    -- Grades K-8: Breakfast

    -- Grades 9-12: Breakfast

    -- Grades K-12: Breakfast
    -- Grades K-5: Lunch
    -- Grades 6-8: Lunch
    -- Grades K-8: Lunch
    -- Grades 9-12: Lunch

-- 7-Day Schedule Certification Worksheets
    -- Grades K-5: Breakfast

    -- Grades 6-8: Breakfast

    -- Grades K-8: Breakfast

    -- Grades 9-12: Breakfast

    -- Grades K-12: Breakfast

    -- Grades K-5: Lunch
    -- Grades 6-8: Lunch
    -- Grades K-8: Lunch
    -- Grades 9-12: Lunch

-- Extended Schedule Certification Worksheets
    -- Grades 9-12: Lunch  
    -- Grades 6-8: Lunch
 
SP 31-2012: Questions and Answers Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program (3rd revision)
Nutrition Standards in School Meals

6 Cents Certification Worksheet Demonstration Series
(New School Meal Pattern Requirements and Nutrition Standards)

-- Section 1 - Meal Patterns  
-- Section 2 - Overview
-- Section 3 - Tool - All Meals tab
-- Section 4 - Tool - Vegetable Bar tab
-- Section 5 - Tool - Daily tabs
-- Section 6 - Tool - Weekly Report
-- Section 7 - Tool - Simplified Nutrient Assessment
-- Section 8 - 6 Cent Certification

Software Approval Material for Alternates to USDA Certification Worksheets
-- Summary of Evaluation Process
-- Sample High School Lunch Menu for In-house Testing
-- Supporting Documentation for Sample Menu
-- Completed High School Lunch Certification Worksheet Using Sample High School Menu
-- Specification Checklist to be Completed Before Submitting Tool to FNS for Evaluation
-- List of Approved Certification Tools

Presentation: Certification of Compliance with New Meal Pattern Requirements (PDF)
Performance Based Certification: Prototype Performance Work Statement, Performance Metrics, Evaluation Factors and Market Research Questionnaire
Presentation: 6 Cents Certification Tools Demonstration (PDF)

Last modified: 10/31/2013

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