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Q&As Related to the 6 Cents Certification Tool

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DATE: September 12, 2012
POLICY MEMO: SP 44-2012 Revised
SUBJECT: Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Revised Questions and Answers Related to the 6 Cents Certification Tool
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

Attached are Revised Questions and Answers related to the Food and Nutrition Service prototype 6 Cents Certification Tool. Please note that the only revision made to the Q&As is in question 14. We have received several questions about this Q&A and have added information to make a more complete answer.

Under section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, an additional reimbursement of 6 cents per lunch is available for school food authorities certified to be in compliance with the new school meal patterns. The 6 cents certification tool will be used to certify school food authorities to receive the 6 cents performance-based reimbursement. The attached Questions and Answers reflect questions we have received and provide additional information on using the tool.

School food authorities should contact their state agencies for additional information. State agencies may direct any questions concerning this guidance to the appropriate Food and Nutrition Service regional office.

Cynthia Long
Child Nutrition Division


Page updated: April 07, 2023

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.