Resource | Newsletters
Summer Meal Newsletters for State Agencies and Sponsors

Every month, FNS makes available to state agencies administering summer meals programs, including the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch Program, a newsletter highlighting new national resources available to assist with program administration and best practices state agencies can take that month to support the program expansion.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0002
Questions & Answers Regarding Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Program Personnel

This Q&A memorandum is designed to provide an overview of the policies related to the Professional Standards regulations for state and local school nutrition program personnel. The regulations seek to ensure that school nutrition program personnel have the knowledge and skills to manage and operate the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program correctly and successfully.

SP05-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0086
2017 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option

This memorandum consolidates the recent policy changes in the NSLP,  SBP, and SFSP that affect the implementation of the Seamless Summer Option. This memorandum and its attachment supersede SP 37-2015, 2015 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option, May 22, 2015.

SP09-2017
Resource | Fact Sheets
School Meals Flexibilities

In January 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), responding to requests from local school food service professionals, will publish a proposed rule to provide flexibilities that will better enable schools to serve nutritious foods children will be eager to eat while also increasing program effeciency and integrity.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0074
Electronic Receipting for USDA Direct and Multi-Food Shipments (Revised)

The purpose of this memorandum is to advise you of a new and revised requirement for all Receiving Organizations (i.e., organizations that receive shipments of Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods, including Distributing Agencies, Indian Tribal Organizations (ITO), recipient agencies, processors, and warehouses). This memorandum replaces the previous FD-062 dated April 25, 2011 , and adjusts the maximum timeframe for entering shipment receipts in the Web-Based Supply Chain Management System (WBSCM).

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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0005
School Breakfast Program: Continuation of the Substitution of Vegetables for Fruit Flexibility

School food authorities participating in the School Breakfast Program may continue to credit any vegetable offered, including potatoes and other starchy vegetables, in place of fruit without including vegetables from other subgroups in the weekly menus, through June 30, 2021.

SP06-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0006
Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for School Year 2020-21

Congress provides that only school food authorities that had a negative balance in the nonprofit school food service account as of Dec. 31, 2019, shall be required to establish prices for paid lunches according to the Paid Lunch Equity provisions in the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, and implemented in National School Lunch Program regulations.

SP07-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0099
Policy Cancellation Memorandum

FNS is cancelling Policy Memoranda FD-010, FD-027, FD-028, FD-029, FD-032, FD-053, FD-055, FD-071, FD-073, FD-074, FD-083, FD-086, FD-087, FD-090, FD-105, and FD-115. The guidance provided by these memoranda are either outdated, obsolete, or otherwise captured in more current memoranda.

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Resource | Webinars/Videos
Using USDA DoD Fresh in the Summer Foodservice Program

This webinar is for states who are currently using, or are interested in applying for, the USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). We share tools and best practices to assist state agencies, SFSP sponsors, and SFSP sites in using their resources to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to SFSP participants during the summer months.  

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0031
COVID-19 Congregate Meal Waivers & Q&As on Summer Meal Delivery Using Existing Authority

On March 9, 2020, FNS began approving waivers enabling Summer Food Service Program and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus.