Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0003
Letter Method for Direct Certification

The purpose of this memorandum is to implement a provision affecting mandatory direct certification for children in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households.

SP13-2011
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0030
Direct Certification Benchmarks and Continuous Improvement Plans

The purpose of this memorandum is to implement provisions contained in Section 101 of the Act which establish direct certification rate benchmarks for states and require continuous improvement plans (CIPs) from states that do not meet the benchmarks.

SP32-2011
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0058
Release of the New State Agency Direct Certification Rate Data Element Report (Form FNS-834)

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (PL 110-246) and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA, PL 111-296) require that children living in households receiving assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program be directly certified for free school meals under the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program.

SP50-2013
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0088
Attachments to SP12-2014: RFA for Participation in Demonstration Projects to Evaluate Direct Certification with Medicaid in SY 2014-15

FNS invites state agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to apply to participate in demonstration projects that will evaluate the effectiveness of conducting direct certification with the Medicaid program.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0049
2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant RFA

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is pleased to announce the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Request for Applications (RFA). The grants are available to state agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to fund the costs of improving your direct certification rates with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other needs-based assistance programs, as allowed under federal statute and regulations.

SP41-2017
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 | Grants
Direct Certification Improvement Grant Summaries

Grant Summaries

Resource | Grants
Direct Certification Grants Program Proposal Response Guidance

Appendix E: Direct Certification Grants Program Proposal Response Guidance. The purpose of the Direct Certification Grants Program Proposal Response Guidance is to increase the consistency and understanding of program planning prior to grant award.

Resource | Grants
FNS Fiscal Year 2011 Application for Direct Certification Planning Grants

Checklist for Developing a Direct Certification 2nd Round Planning Grant Proposal