In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is an extension, without change, of a previously approved collection for which approval will expire on Sept. 30, 2023, for recognizing program sponsors' nutrition efforts in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Seamless Summer Option (SSO).
Written comments must be received on or before Sept. 18, 2023.
Comments may be submitted in writing by one of the following methods:
- Online (preferred): Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically
- Mail: Alice McKenney, Community Meals Policy Division, Child Nutrition Programs, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314
The SFSP and NSLP)Seamless Summer Option were established to ensure that children and teens continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Turnip the Beet is a voluntary award initiative to recognize participating sponsoring organizations (program sponsors) that work hard to offer high quality, nutritious meals during the summer months.
The purpose of this voluntary recognition initiative is to encourage summer meal program sponsors to offer higher quality, nutritious meals that make a positive impact on children's healthy development. This information collection allows FNS to more accurately assess the quality of meal service in order to determine whether the individual sponsor qualifies for recognition, and at what level.