Disclosure Requirements for the Child Nutrition Programs

Last Published: 09/28/2017

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has received a number of inquiries from local educational agencies (LEAs) about the permissibility of disclosing individual student information collected for purposes of determining eligibility for free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Requestors often seek this information in order to provide additional benefits to low-income students or provide additional funding to schools with high populations of low-income students. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide a reminder for LEAs regarding the restrictions on disclosure of sensitive information collected through the Child Nutrition Programs. This memorandum also clarifies the applicability of disclosure protections for individual student eligibility information collected for purposes of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This memorandum supersedes an earlier memorandum dated August 23, 2010, Disclosure Requirements for the Child Nutrition Programs, SP31-2010, CACFP17-2010, SFSP15-2010.

Document #: 
SP16 CACFP06 SFSP10-2016