Resource | Reimbursement Rates
National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs: National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010)

This Notice announces the annual adjustments to the "national average payments,'' the amount of money the Federal Government provides States for lunches, afterschool snacks and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; to the "maximum reimbursement rates,'' the maximum per lunch rate from Federal funds that a State can provide a school food authority for lunches served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program; and to the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to non-needy children in a school or institution which participates in the Special Milk Program for Children.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Marketing and Sale of Fluid Milk in Schools

This rule finalizes the interim rule that implemented the statutory provision to prohibit direct or indirect restrictions on the sale or marketing of fluid milk on school premises or at school-sponsored events, at any time or in any place, in schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. This rule ensures that there are no policies or procedures in place that have the effect of restricting the sale or marketing of fluid milk.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: SBP Severe Need Assistance

The Department is adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations for the School Breakfast Program. The interim rule addresses and implements amendments made by Section 201 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and amends the School Breakfast Program (SBP) regulations to eliminate the requirement that a school's costs exceed the rate of reimbursement as a criterion for receiving the higher severe need funding available in the SBP.

The rule also allows State agencies to provide severe need reimbursements to certain new schools that are beginning participation in the school feeding programs and therefore have no historical second preceding year participation information, as was previously required. The rule is intended to simplify eligibility for severe need reimbursements by removing previous restrictions on receipt of those payments. This rule does not impose new administrative requirements on State or local governmental entities.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0010
FNS 742 Clarification - Box 11, Did Not Respond

We have been asked to clarify what verification results to include in box 11, Did Not Respond, on the School Food Authority Verification Summary Report, FNS-742.

SP12-2009
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0075
Geographic Preference for the Procurement of Unprocessed Agricultural Products in the Child Nutrition Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to update the definition of what is considered “unprocessed” for the purposes of applying the optional geographic preference for procurement in the child nutrition programs.

SP 08 CACFP 05 SFSP 06-2010
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0050
Modifications to the list of USDA-Approved Nutrient Analysis Software

This memorandum is to inform you of a recent change to the list of USDA-approved Nutrient Standard Menu Planning and School Meals Initiative (SMI) nutrient analysis software programs available to state agencies, school food authorities and local schools to meet SMI requirements.

SP34-2009
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0005
Economic Price Adjustments in Vendor Contracts

Today’s unpredictable economy has made it important to consider accounting for the fluctuating costs of goods and services that are beyond the control of either the School Food Authority or the vendor.

SP10-2009
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0002
Reminder: Procurement Requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Program (SMP)s

Recently, we have received numerous concerns regarding the improper application of the new procurement rule, Procurement Requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Program, which was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 31, 2007 and became effective on Nov. 30, 2007.

SP07-2009
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0048
School Garden Q&As

Recently, we have received several questions regarding the operation of a school garden. Attached are questions and answers to address this issue. As in the past, please share this information with your school food authorities.

SP32-2009
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0017
Administrative Review and Training Grant Amendment

We have had a number of requests for clarification regarding the use of $3,500 per review for the Fiscal Year 2009 ART grant award under Method 1. The purpose of this memorandum is to amend our cover letter and request for application for the FY 2009 ART grant, Method 1.

SP16-2009