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Extending Flexibility for RCCIs in the NSLP

Last Published: 03/11/2014

On July 16, 2012, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued memorandum SP 38-2012, which allowed Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs), with State agency approval, to serve the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meal pattern in effect for the highest age/grade group served to all residential students. In order to utilize this flexibility, the RCCI must meet all three of the following criteria: 1) be a juvenile detention or correctional facility; 2) serve children in different age/grade groups; and 3) have legitimate safety concerns, or State juvenile justice laws or regulations related to offering meals with varying amounts of food within the same meal period.

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