Resource | Policy Memos | 17-01
Quality Control Procedural Clarifications and Federal Access to State Systems

In order to ensure efficient and effective Program delivery, this memorandum clarifies existing statutory, regulatory and policy guidance regarding the documentation required for a QC case file, second party reviews, State quality control requests for policy interpretations, and requirements for Federal access to State systems.

Resource | Policy Memos
Clarification on Characteristics of Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility Programs Memo

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.

Resource | Comment Request
Comment Request - Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application Verification Process

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) provide subsidized lunches and breakfasts to millions of students each school day. Students are certified eligible to receive free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals through application or direct certification. When eligibility is determined using an application process, school districts must annually verify eligibility of children from a sample of household applications for that school year, unless the State agency assumes responsibility for verification.

Resource | Policy Memos | 2017-2
State Agency Compliance with Split Tender Implementation Requirements

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide State agencies operating the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) with information regarding compliance with split tender transactions. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-076
Categorical Eligibility (Revised)

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.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: SNAP Promotion

This final rule implements Section 4018 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. Section 4018 created new limitations on the use of Federal funds authorized in the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (FNA), for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) promotion and outreach activities. Specifically, Section 4018 of the 2014 Farm Bill prohibits the use of Federal funds appropriated in the FNA from being used for: recruitment activities designed to persuade an individual to apply for SNAP benefits; television, radio, or billboard advertisements that are designed to promote SNAP benefits and enrollment; or agreements with foreign governments designed to promote SNAP benefits and enrollment.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The final rule, titled “Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),” made several changes to requirements for stores that want to accept SNAP benefits as a form of payment. These changes support healthy lifestyles for SNAP recipients while maintaining recipients’ access to food. 

Resource | Policy Memos | SP13-2017
SP13-2017: Release of the FNS-828 Paid Lunch Price Data for School Year 2015-2016

FNS announces the release of Paid Lunch Price data for School Year 2015-2016. The Section 12 (p) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and 7 CFR 210.14 (e)(7) require school food authorities (SFAs) to report their paid reimbursable lunch prices to the State agencies for publication by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) each school year. The released data includes information on the most frequently charged paid lunch prices in elementary, middle and high schools across the country. The data is published and made publicly available as reported by State agencies.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP12-2017
New Reporting Procedures for FNS-828 Paid Lunch Price Report for School Year 2016-2017

This memorandum announces the change in reporting procedures of paid lunch prices in School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program for School Year 2016-2017. SFAs are expected to report the most frequently charged price for elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels to their State agency. A complete list of prices reported on form FNS-828 should now be submitted to FNS by State agencies using the Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS).   

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: SNAP Photo Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Implementation Requirements

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is updating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or "Program'') regulations to set implementation parameters, prerequisites and operational standards required of State agencies that intend to implement the photo Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card option provided under Section 7(h)(9) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 ("the Act'').