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Use of Vending Machines in the School Meal Programs

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DATE: March 4, 2008
SUBJECT: Use of Vending Machines in the School Meal Programs
TO: Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Agencies
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

Since our Jan. 22, 2007 memo “Vending Machines in the School Meal Programs,” SP03-2007, we have received numerous questions regarding how they may be used in the school meal programs. The attached Questions and Answers (Q&As) are provided in response to these questions and as additional guidance in the use of vending machines.

We continue to develop guidance on the operation and management of vending machines in the school meal programs and we expect to periodically add to these Q&As as the need arises. We will be making these Q&As available on the FNS website in the near future.

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.