Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2019-0012
Summer Food Service Program FAQs

Why the SFSP is important and how it operates.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0066
Indirect Cost Guidance

On September 30, 2016, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service issued new guidance describing the federal requirements state agencies and school food authorities must comply with in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, with respect to indirect costs. This guidance reflects current cost principles in 2 CFR 200 Subpart E.

SP60-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0072
Model Functional Requirements for State and Local Information Technology Systems

The purpose of this memorandum is to announce the release of the first version of the “Model Functional Requirements for State School Meal Programs Information Systems” and “Model Functional Requirements for Local School Meal Programs Information Systems” tools.

SP04-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0097
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.

SP12-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0062
Community Eligibility Provision: Guidance and Updated Q&As

The Community Eligibility Provision is a meal service option for local educational agencies and schools in high-poverty areas. CEP allows participating LEAs and schools to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without the burden of collecting household applications.

SP54-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0042
Ensuring Access to Free and Reduced Price School Meals for Low-Income Students

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.

SP 43-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0051
Ensuring Year-long Eligibility in the School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to strongly encourage local educational agencies (LEAs) to accept eligibility determinations from a transferring student’s former LEA to minimize disruptions in meal benefits for low-income students and avoid student debt resulting from unpaid meal charges. While most students will change schools at least once between kindergarten and 12th grade, data from the Department of Education show that low-income students change schools more often than their peers. 

SP51-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0070
Fall 2016 Edition: Community Eligibility Provision: Planning and Implementation Guidance

Community Eligibility Provision Planning & Implementation Guidance consolidates existing CEP guidance, policy, and best practices from the local level. Additionally, the guidance includes new information codified in the final rule, National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

SP61-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0073
Release of the Revised Federal State Agreement for Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs

This memorandum and attachment provide information on the release of the revised Federal-State Agreement for Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs, form FNS-74. This agreement between FNS and state agencies is used to set out the requirements for administering the child nutrition programs per 7 CFR 235.3(b). 

SP01-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0012
Reporting Instructions for Form FNS-874: Local Educational Agency Second Review of Applications

Section 304 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires local educational agencies that demonstrate 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 meal applications for accuracy prior to notifying households of eligibility. 

SP29-2016