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Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs

Last Published: 12/27/2016

This memorandum supersedes SP 10-2015, CACFP 04-2015, SFSP 03-2015, Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs, November 21, 2014.

The purpose of this memorandum is to revise guidance on the use of school and census data to establish area eligibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the At-Risk Afterschool component of CACFP, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). In 2014, Food Nutrition Service (FNS) consolidated previous guidance, simplified the area eligibility determination process to reduce administrative burden on State agencies and Program operators, and clarified how the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) relates to area eligibility determinations. This memorandum further streamlines program administration by removing the requirement that FNS Regional Offices approve weighted average calculations. 

Document #: 
SP08 CACFP04 SFSP03-2017