Resource | FAQs/Q&As
COVID-19 Questions and Answers for States

USDA has issued a series of question and answer documents on flexibilities, adjustments and waivers to support effective operations and provide access to benefits while states respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0074
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility - Extension 2

FNS is extending a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This extension of Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the child nutrition programs, issued March 25, 2020, applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. This waiver remains in effect until June 30, 2020.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #24
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0047
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility - Extension

FNS is extending a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. This extension  applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #13
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0009
Community Eligibility Provision: Annual Notification and Publication Requirements

This memorandum details guidance on the annual Community Eligibility Provision notification and publication requirements and provides information on the USDA-developed reporting template.

SP20-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0098
Release of the FNS-828 Paid Lunch Price Data for School Year 2015-2016

FNS announces the release of Paid Lunch Price data for School Year 2015-2016. The Section 12 (p) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and 7 CFR 210.14 (e)(7) require school food authorities (SFAs) to report their paid reimbursable lunch prices to the state agencies for publication by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) each school year.

SP13-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0042
Ensuring Access to Free and Reduced Price School Meals for Low-Income Students

This guidance provides steps state agencies and school administrators can take to improve access to school meal programs through the application, certification, and verification processes so that all eligible children in NSLP and SBP schools have the opportunity to participate in the school meal programs.

SP43-2016
Resource | Forms
Federal-State Agreement Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs

This agreement sets out the requirements for administering the child nutrition programs and the food distribution programs.

FNS-74
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0076
Assessing Proposed Nutrition Education Costs in the NSLP and SBP

This memorandum provides guidance on the process state agencies and SFAs should use when assessing requests to fund nutrition education related expenses from the nonprofit school food service account.

SP07-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0072
Questions and Answers: Use of SAE Funds and SAE Reallocation Funds in the Food Distribution Program for Child Nutrition Programs

This memorandum clarifies the uses of State Administrative Expense funds for administrative and other expenses incurred in the food distribution program for child nutrition programs.

FD-131
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2013-0020
Variations in Meal Requirements for Religious Reasons: Jewish Schools, Institutions and Sponsors

This instruction is intended to clarify allowable variations to child nutrition program food components in order to meet religious needs among Jewish schools, institutions and sponsors. 

783-13 Rev. 3