Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Foster Care Letter

The Departments of Agriculture, Education and Health and Human Services issued a tri-agency letter outlining the categorical eligibility of children and youth in foster care for free school meals.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0080
Written Codes of Conduct and Performance of Employees Engaged in Award and Administration of Contracts

This memorandum responds to a number of recent questions and requests to provide clarifying guidance to state agencies and child nutrition program operators, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program, regarding the expectation and enforcement of ethical conduct by their employees engaged in procurement of program goods and service.

SP09 CACFP03 SFSP02-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0079
Updated E-Rate Guidance for Schools Electing Community Eligibility

This memorandum notifies state agencies and local program operators of recently updated rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission regarding the calculation of discount rates under the E-Rate program for schools electing the Community Eligibility Provision.

SP08-2015
Resource | Notices
Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines (2014-2015)

This Notice announces the Department's annual adjustments to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to be used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk for the period from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0073
Farm to School and School Garden Expenses

Recently, we have received several questions about the use of funds from the nonprofit school food service account to cover expenditures related to farm to school activities and school gardens. The questions and answers below address specific scenarios that school food authorities may be dealing with when considering the allowability of such costs.

SP06-2015
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Healthy Lunch - Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap
Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Administrative Review: Revised Manual, Tools, and Forms

This memorandum provides information on the updated School Meal Programs Administrative Review Manual, Tools, Forms and Instructions for School Year (SY) 2014-2015.  While the concepts of the review remain the same, the Manual, along with several Tools, Forms, and Instructions, have been edited to incorporate new requirements and provide clarity and understanding. The edits are highlighted in yellow in the Manual and related Tools, Forms, and Instructions and attached Table: SY 2014-2015 Updated Administrative Review Forms and Tools, identifies the Tools and Forms with key changes.
 

SP61-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0056
State Agency Fundraiser Elections and Exemptions

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed the Department of Agriculture to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the school day, including foods sold through school fundraisers.

SP59-2014
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Food - Using a Forward Contract

During this webinar, Maggie Gosselin from USDA's Farm to School Program will discuss the different ways schools may choose to use a forward contract when purchasing local foods. We'll also hear from Megan Kemple, a practitioner in Oregon, who has successfully used forward contracts to buy local products.