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Guidance on Prohibition of Separation by Gender during CNP Meal Service

Last Published: 08/26/2015

This memorandum explains the prohibition on separation by gender during Child Nutrition Program meal service and outlines select circumstances under which gender-based separation may be permissible. This memorandum supersedes previously rescinded guidance SP 32-2012, CACFP 16-2012, as well as SFSP 12-2012, “Prohibition of Separation by Gender during Child Nutrition Program Meal Service,” originally issued May 9, 2012.

School food authorities (SFAs), organizations, and institutions impacted by this guidance are those participating in any of the following Child Nutrition Programs: National School Lunch Program; School Breakfast Program; Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program; Special Milk Program; Child and Adult Care Food Program; and Summer Food Service Program. These include any schools, child or adult care institutions and facilities, camps (including residential facilities), and other sites, as defined in 7 CFR, 210.2, 215.2, 225.2, and 226.2, that are providing meal service as a program activity.

Document #: 
SP31 CACFP12 SFSP14-2015