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Local Wellness Policy Letter to State Director

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DATE: November 29, 2005
MEMO CODE: SP 04-2006
SUBJECT: Local Wellness Policy Letter to State Director
TO: State Director

In Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (PL 108-265), each local educational agency (LEA) participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 is required to establish a local wellness policy for schools under the LEA, not later than the first day of the school year beginning after June 30, 2006.

The state agency (SA) has a responsibility to ensure that each LEA has been notified of its responsibility to establish a local wellness policy. Oversight to determine compliance can be accomplished through the regular Coordinated Review Efforts, School Meals Initiative review or any other type of on-site visit. In the case that an Lea doe not have a wellness policy in place when it is reviewed, the SA should require the LEA to take corrective action. The SA has no obligation, however, to review and evaluate the content of a local wellness policy since the policy is a local decision.

The SA is strongly encouraged to provide technical assistance and training to support the LEA’s development and implementation of the local wellness plan.

Child Nutrition Division

Page updated: December 19, 2022

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.