Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: SFSP Implementation of Legislative Reforms

Program changes made by this rule  include easing restrictions on participation by private nonprofit organizations and food service management companies, streamlining rules for schools to encourage Program sponsorship, and reducing paperwork burdens for State agencies.

Resource | Reimbursement Rates
SFSP 2001 Reimbursement Rates

This notice informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP). These adjustments reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index and are required by the statute governing the Program. In addition, further adjustments are made to these rates to reflect the higher costs of providing meals in the States of Alaska and Hawaii, as authorized by the William F. Goodling Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 1998.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2000-0021
School Meal Applications and Direct Certification During the Operation of Provision 2 and 3

We have received several inquiries regarding the collection of eligibility information during a Provision 2 or Provision 3 cycle.

Resource | Rules
CFR Correction: Food Distribution General Regulations and Policies

This notice corrects Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, parts 210 to 299.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
School Meals Initiative Implementation Study: First Year Report

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are central parts of a national policy designed to safeguard the nutritional well-being of the Nation’s children. The programs are administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), operating through State agencies (SAs) that have agreements with the local school systems in their States. Despite the progress that has been achieved over the years in enhancing the quality of school meals, results of research conducted in the early 1990s indicated that school meals, on balance, were not meeting certain key nutritional goals. In late 1993, the USDA launched a far-reaching reform of the school meals programs, a reform aimed at upgrading the nutritional content of school meals. The several elements of this reform are collectively referred to as the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children (SMI), the principal subject of this report.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2000-0013
Letter to CACFP State Directors

Public Law 106-224, the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 (ARPA), made a significant change to the procedures involved in terminating the participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of an institution or a day care home determined to be seriously deficient. Specifically, these new procedures will require a change in the effective date of the termination and the flow of CACFP funds prior to the termination.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2000-0012
Monitoring Requirements for Sponsoring Organizations in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Apparently, there are still some state agencies and sponsoring organizations which believe that section 243(b)(2) of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 (APRA) made substantive changes to the current monitoring requirements for sponsoring organizations set forth at Section 236.16(d)(4) of the regulation. The purpose of this memorandum is to reiterate the information provided to you earlier.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: NSLP, SMP and CACFP State Administrative Expense Funds, Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools: Reimbursement for Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs

Under this proposed rule, certain afterschool care programs would earn reimbursement for snacks served which meet program requirements.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Study of Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program

The NSLP offers free and reduced-price school meals to students from eligible households. Households with incomes at or below 130 percent of poverty are eligible for free meals, and households with incomes between 131 percent and 185 percent of poverty are eligible for reduced-price meals. Traditionally, to receive these benefits, households had to complete and submit application forms to schools or be directly certified. Direct certification, on the other hand, is a method of eligibility determination that does not require families to complete school meal applications. Instead, school officials use documentation from the local or state welfare agency that indicates that a household participates in AFDC or food stamps as the basis for certifying students for free school meals.

Resource | Rules
Correction: Summer Food Service Program 7 CFR Part 225

This document contains a correction to the final regulations published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, December 28, 1999 (64 FR 72474-72488), and Wednesday, December 29, 1999 (64 FR 72889-72898).