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Resource | Research | Food/Nutrient Analysis

School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV

This report summarizes findings from the fourth School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study (SNDA-IV), which collected data from nationally representative samples of school districts and schools in school year (SY) 2009-10. As in prior studies, the nutrient content of the average meals offered and served in the Nation’s schools was compared with regulatory standards in effect at the time—the School Meal Initiative (SMI) nutrition standards—as well as selected recommendations included in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In January 2012, USDA issued new standards for school meals to be phased in over 3 years beginning in SY 2012-13. The data reported here thus serve as a marker of progress in achieving the SMI standards, and a baseline for measuring future improvements under the new standards. The study also collected information about the availability of competitive foods—foods sold in competition to USDA school meals through a la carte sales in cafeterias, vending machines, school stores, and other venues. Finally, the study collected data from a sample of elementary schools participating in the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) and compared them to elementary schools nationwide.

Resource | Infographics

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Before/After Elementary School Lunch Menu

HHFKA - Before/After Elementary School Lunch Menu

Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity

Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program: State Implementation Progress School Year 2011-2012: Report to Congress

Student eligibility for free meals is determined by application or by direct certification. Although direct certification systems vary by State and LEA, all such systems are designed to eliminate the need for paper applications. Effective in SY 2011-2012, LEAs must conduct direct certification three times per year: once at or around the start of the school year, and again three and six months after that initial effort. All direct certification systems now match student enrollment lists against SNAP agency records and the records of other assistance agencies whose participants are categorically eligible for free meals. The matching process, whether automated or manual, requires no action by the children’s parents or guardians.

Resource | Proposed Rule

Proposed Rule: Independent Review of Applications Required by the HHFKA of 2010

This proposed rule would require local education agencies participating in the Department's National School Lunch Program and demonstrating high levels of, or a high risk for administrative error associated with certification, verification, and other administrative processes to conduct an independent review of the initial eligibility determinations for free and reduced price school meals for accuracy prior to notifying households of eligibility or ineligibility.

Resource | Fact Sheets

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 School Meals

Championed by the First Lady as part of her Let’s Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 contains many provisions that help improve child nutrition programs and make meals and offerings more nutritious.

Resource | Interim Final Rule

Interim Rule: Certification of Compliance With Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the HHFKA of 2010

This interim rule amends National School Lunch Program regulations to conform to requirements contained in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 regarding performance-based cash assistance for school food authorities certified compliant with meal pattern and nutrition standards. 

Resource | Interim Final Rule

Interim Final Rule: NSLP School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the HHFKA of 2010 - Approval of Information Collection Request

FNS published an interim final rule entitled, National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, on June 17, 2011. 

Resource | Proposed Rule

Proposed Rule: NSLP Direct Certification Continuous Improvement Plans Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

This rule proposes to amend NSLP regulations to incorporate provisions of the Healthy, Hunger- Free Kids Act of 2010 designed to encourage states to improve direct certification efforts with SNAP.