School Nutrition Program Administrative Reviews: Assessing Compliance with Dietary Specifications Using a USDA-Approved Menu Planning Tool for Certification for Six Cent Reimbursement
The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recently released the new Administrative Review Guidance Manual, which includes four options that state agencies may use to assess compliance with Dietary Specifications – calories, saturated fat, and sodium – requirements. One option (i.e., Option 4) described in the Nutrient Analysis and Dietary Specifications Module of the Administrative Review Guidance Manual allows state agencies to request approval from FNS for an alternate process that incorporates a Department of Agriculture (USDA)-approved Menu Planning Tool for Certification for Six Cent Reimbursement (also referred to as Menu Planning Tool). The Menu Planning Tool is expected to be one element of a larger, comprehensive process that assesses compliance with Dietary Specifications requirements. Other than the tool used to assess compliance with Dietary Specifications requirements, this option is expected to be very similar to other State agency options (i.e., Options 1, 2 and 3) for reviewing Dietary Specifications.