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Release of the New State Agency (NSLP/SNAP) Direct Certification Rate Data Element Report (Form FNS-834)

Last Published: 03/11/2014

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246) and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA, Public Law 111-296) require that children living in households receiving assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) be directly certified for free school meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or the School Breakfast Program. Each year, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is required to assess State performance in directly certifying such children, to report the findings in a Report to Congress, and, with the advent of the HHFKA, to compare each State’s direct certification performance rate to certain mandated benchmarks (95% for school year (SY) 2013-2014 and beyond).

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