Resource | Notices
Food Distribution Program: Value of Donated Foods (July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005)

This notice announces the national average value of donated foods or, where applicable, cash in lieu of donated foods, to be provided in school year 2005 (July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005) for each lunch served by schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and for each lunch and supper served by institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Procurement Requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs

This rule proposes to amend the regulations governing procedures related to the procurement of goods and services in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Special Milk Program to remedy deficiencies identified in audits and program reviews.

Resource | Reimbursement Rates
National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs: National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates (July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005)

This Notice announces the annual adjustments to: (1) The "national average payments,'' the amount of money the Federal Government provides States for lunches, afterschool snacks and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; (2) the "maximum reimbursement rates,'' the maximum per lunch rate from Federal funds that a State can provide a school food authority for lunches served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program; and (3) the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to nonneedy children in a school or institution which participates in the Special Milk Program for Children.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: NSLP Requirement for Variety of Fluid Milk in Reimbursable Meals

The National School Lunch Program regulations are revised to require that schools offer, with meals, fluid milk in a variety of fat contents.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Waiver of the Requirement To Use Weighted Averages in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

This final rule makes a technical change to the regulations governing the nutrient analysis of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2004-0007
Accounting for Donated Foods in Cost-Reimbursable Contracts Between School Food Authorities and Food Service Management Companies

Federal regulations implementing the Department’s domestic commodity donation program at 7 CFR 250.12(d), allow school food authorities (SFAs) and other recipient agencies to contract with food service management companies (FSMCs) to conduct their food service operations.  In contracting with an FSMC, the recipient agency must ensure that the full value of donated foods is used to its benefit.  

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Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Evaluation of the National School Lunch Program Application/Verification Pilot Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored the NSLP Application/Verification Pilot Projects to test ways to improve the process for certifying students for free or reduced-price meals. This report presents findings on the impacts of two alternatives to the current application-based certification process - Up-Front Documentation and Graduated Verification - that were tested in 12 public school districts over a three-year period.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Measuring Competitive Foods in Schools

There has been growing concern about the sale in schools of foods with limited nutritional value. Of particular concern is the availability to school children of “competitive foods,” a term that includes a wide range of foods that do not qualify as reimbursable meals under the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program. Such foods can often be obtained from a la carte cafeteria sales, vending machines, and
school stores. While the widespread availability of competitive foods is well documented (Wechsler et al, 2001), there is relatively little detailed data on the amounts of various types of competitive foods that are sold in schools or about their nutrient content. Such information is needed to estimate the full prevalence of competitive food sales and to determine the types of changes and approaches needed to facilitate change. This “briefing report” summarizes research recently undertaken for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service to develop a methodological basis for obtaining detailed information on the competitive foods sold in schools.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Case Study of National School Lunch Program Verification Outcomes in Large Metropolitan School Districts

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) provide federal financial assistance and commodities to schools serving lunches and breakfasts that meet required nutrition standards. Under the NSLP and the SBP, millions of American students receive a free or reduced-price lunch and/or breakfast every school day. Concern has grown recently that many students who participate in the program may in fact be ineligible for the benefits they receive. School Food Authorities (SFAs) that operate the NSLP must verify the eligibility of a small sample of approved applications by requiring documentation of income or receipt of food stamps or cash assistance. The verification process is designed to identify and deter errors in each district. However, the system does not provide data on the accuracy of benefit determination nationwide. This report presents the results of a case study of verification in 21 large metropolitan SFAs around the country. The study examined outcomes of the verification process and made an independent assessment of income eligibility of households with specific verification outcomes using data from in-person interviews with families.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2004-0039
Guidance on Determining Categorical Eligibility for Free Lunches and Breakfasts for Youth Served under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act

As described in our Reauthorization Implementation Memo SP 4, Categorical Eligibility for Free Lunches and Breakfasts of Runaway, Homeless, and Migrant Youth, issued July 19, 2004, runaway youth served through grant programs established under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (PL 108-96) are now categorically eligible for free meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.