FNS is issuing this memorandum in an effort to clarify the characteristics of BBCE programs and the actions states must take to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
This memorandum provides clarification regarding households determined to be categorically eligible for FDPIR in accordance with provisions at sections 4300-4320 of Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Handbook 501.
This policy memorandum includes important updates to requirements related to accommodating children with disabilities participating in the school meal programs.
Schools are required to obtain two school food safety inspections per school year. State agencies that administer the school meal programs are required to report the number of inspections obtained by their schools.
This guidance provides steps state agencies and school administrators can take to improve access to school meal programs through the application, certification, and verification processes so that all eligible children in NSLP and SBP schools have the opportunity to participate in the school meal programs.