Resource | Policy
Farm Bill

President Trump signs The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill, that reauthorizes the programs administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) through 2023.

Resource | Legislation
Food and Nutrition Act of 2008

FOOD AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2008 
[Public Law 88–525; Enacted Aug. 31, 1964; 78 Stat. 703] 
[As Amended Through P.L. 116–94, Enacted December 20, 2019]

P.L. 88-525
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0016
FNS-640: SY 2017-18 Instructions and Reporting Guidance

School programs policy memo SP 14-2019 provides SY 2017-18 reporting guidance for the FNS-640 report. The FNS-640 form became available in FPRS on March 1, 2019. State agencies may use the attached instructions and business rules/edit check to begin and/or finalize implementation of processes for reporting and any system updates for School Year 2017-2018 reporting.

FNS-640
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0025
FY 2019 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

The purpose of this memorandum is to distribute $30 million provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 to state agencies to competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible School Food Authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program.

SP15-2019
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0033
State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report for SY 2018-19

This memorandum provides guidance regarding continuation of the food safety inspections reporting requirement under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for fiscal year 2019.

SP19-2019
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0026
Substitution of Vegetables for Fruit

This memo has been superseded by SP 06-2020: School Breakfast Program: Continuation of the Substitution of Vegetables for Fruit Flexibility.

SP16-2019
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0036
Farm Bill Changes to TEFAP State Plan Requirements and Food Funding Formula

On Dec. 20, 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) was signed into law. Section 4018 of the Farm Bill changes TEFAP State Plan requirements and the TEFAP food funding formula.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0032
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 Two-Year Administrative Funding Provision—Information Memorandum

Section 4003 of the 2018 Farm Bill includes FDPIR specific provisions and modified Section 4(b) of the Food and Nutrition Act. This memorandum provides information on the new provision in Section 4(b)(7) of the FNA that requires FDPIR administrative funds to remain available for obligation at the Indian Tribal Organization and state agency level for a period of two federal fiscal years.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0055
Information on the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Act

Section 4104 of the Farm Bill  directs  USDA to issue guidance to promote awareness of donations of apparently wholesome food by qualified direct donors protected under section 22(c) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 . This guidance only applies to privately donated foods provided to TEFAP state agencies and eligible recipient agencies  and is not applicable to USDA Foods provided through TEFAP.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: FDPIR Revisions to the Administrative Match Requirement

Through this rulemaking, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service  is codifying new and revised statutory requirements included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 . First, the Department is revising the minimum Federal share of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) administrative costs and State agency/Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) mandatory administrative match requirement amounts. Second, the Department is revising its administrative match waiver requirements by allowing State agencies and ITOs to qualify for a waiver if the required match share would be a substantial burden. Third, the Department is limiting the reduction of any FDPIR benefits or services to State agencies and ITOs that are granted a full or partial administrative match waiver. Last, the Department is allowing for other Federal funds, if such use is otherwise consistent with both the purpose of the other Federal funds and with the purpose of FDPIR administrative funds, to be used to meet the State agency/ITO administrative match requirement.