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Meal Requirements under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Q&As for Program Operators

EO Guidance Document #
FNS-GD-2019-0074
FNS Document #
SP38-2019
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FAQs/Q&As
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PDF Icon Policy Memo (360.06 KB)

This memo has been superseded by the March 2, 2022 memo, SP 05-2022: Meal Requirements Under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Questions and Answers for Program Operators Updated to Support the Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Effective July 1, 2022 
 

DATE: September 23, 2019
MEMO CODE: SP 38-2019
SUBJECT: Meal Requirements under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Questions and Answers for Program Operators
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

Attached is updated policy guidance on the meal requirements for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) effective school year 2019-2020. This memorandum rescinds and replaces memorandum SP 10-2012 (v. 9), Questions and Answers on the Final Rule “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, dated Aug. 3, 2015.

This memorandum includes questions and answers updated to incorporate changes codified by two final rules: (1) Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (81 FR 24348, published April 25, 2016) and (2) Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements (83 FR 63775, Dec. 12, 2018). This document also includes updated crediting questions and a new resources section. Outdated references, citations, and questions have been removed throughout the document, and minor edits were made to clarify content.

State agencies are reminded to distribute this memorandum to program operators. Program operators should direct any questions concerning this guidance to their state agency. State agencies with questions should contact the appropriate FNS regional office.

Angela Kline
Director
Policy and Program Development Division

 

Attachment
09/23/2019

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.