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Cooperation with Program Research and Evaluation of Child Nutrition Programs

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SP22 CACFP13 SFSP08-2011
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DATE: March 8, 2011
SUBJECT: Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Cooperation with Program Research and Evaluation of Child Nutrition Programs
TO: Special Nutrition Programs
Regional Directors
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), PL 111-296, clarifies requirements for participation in evaluations and research in the child nutrition programs. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the implementation of this provision.

Section 305 of the Act amends section 28 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) (42 USC 1769i) to clarify that state agencies, local educational agencies, schools, institutions, facilities and contractors participating in the child nutrition programs authorized under the NSLA and Child Nutrition Act of 1966 are required to cooperate with the Department of Agriculture officials and contractors conducting evaluations and research.

State agencies should direct any questions concerning this guidance to the appropriate Food and Nutrition Service regional office. Regional offices with questions should contact the Child Nutrition Division. 

Cynthia Long
Child Nutrition Division

Page updated: December 16, 2021

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.