Resource | FAQs/Q&As
Questions and Answers for State Agencies Responding to COVID-19

USDA has issued a series of question and answer documents on flexibilities, adjustments and waivers for the programs intended to support effective operations and provide access to benefits while also supporting social distancing in order to reduce the exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Resource | Policy Memos | SP16-2018
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Allocation of Funds for Fiscal Year 2019

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide funding allocation amounts for all state agencies for Fiscal Year 2019; to provide information on funding requirements and deadlines; and to serve as a reminder of important program requirements.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP26-2017
Accommodating Disabilities in the School Meal Programs: Guidance and Q&As

This Question and Answer memorandum is designed to provide practical guidance related to accommodating disabilities in the school meal programs, which are the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, the Special Milk Program, and the NSLP Afterschool Snacks Program.

Resource | Comment Request
Comment Request - Special Nutrition Programs Quick Response Surveys

 This is a new generic clearance that will allow the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to quickly collect and analyze specific information from State and local administrators of the Special Nutrition Programs (SNP), including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Food Distribution on Indian Reservation, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. 

Resource | Forms | FNS-74
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.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP53-2014
Transition of Foods and Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value to Smart Snacks in School Standards

This memorandum is to inform you that all Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value exemptions will end on June 30, 2014. Therefore, the attached list, Exemptions Under the Competitive Foods Regulation will become obsolete on July 1, 2014. Beginning July, 1, 2014, the interim final rule for Smart Snacks in School (Smart Snacks) will go into effect for School Year 2014-2015. Therefore, any competitive foods and beverages must meet the nutrition standards specified in the interim final rule.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP42 SFSP17 CACFP11-2014
Sharing Aggregate Data to Expand Program Access and Services in Child Nutrition Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to remind state agencies, school food authorities (SFAs), schools, and sponsoring organizations operating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) about data sharing requirements and opportunities. This memorandum also includes frequently asked questions regarding data sharing.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP30-2014
Determining Eligibility for Two Cent Differential Reimbursement in New Schools

Section 4 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) provides general cash for food assistance payments to states to assist schools in purchasing food. The NSLA provides two different section 4 payment levels for lunches served under the National School Lunch Program. The base payment applies to lunches served by School Food Authorities (SFAs) in which less than 60 percent of the lunches served during the second preceding year were served free or reduced price. Those SFAs in which 60 percent or more of the lunches served in the second preceding school year were served at free or reduced price receive two cents more. This higher payment rate is referred to as the two cent differential.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP33-2012
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Fees in FSMC Contracts

This memo is written in response to a number of concerns brought to our attention by state agencies regarding school food authorities in contracts with food service management companies that allow the FSMC to charge a fixed fee to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

Resource | Research | Food/Nutrient Analysis
Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Interim Report

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among students in the Nation’s poorest elementary schools by providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students outside of regular school meals. FFVP began as a pilot program in 2002 and was converted into a nationwide program in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, also known as the Farm Bill (PL 110-234). The results presented in this interim report, for the 2010-2011 school year, focus on the total quantity of fruits and vegetables consumed and total energy intake (also referred to as total caloric intake), allowing the assessment of whether any additional fruit and vegetable consumption was in addition to or in place of other foods consumed.