Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0080
Written Codes of Conduct and Performance of Employees Engaged in Award and Administration of Contracts

This memorandum responds to a number of recent questions and requests to provide clarifying guidance to state agencies and child nutrition program operators, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program, regarding the expectation and enforcement of ethical conduct by their employees engaged in procurement of program goods and service.

SP09 CACFP03 SFSP02-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0073
Farm to School and School Garden Expenses

Recently, we have received several questions about the use of funds from the nonprofit school food service account to cover expenditures related to farm to school activities and school gardens. The questions and answers below address specific scenarios that school food authorities may be dealing with when considering the allowability of such costs.

SP06-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0053
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.

SP53-2014
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2014-0045
Responding to Food Recall Procedures for Recalls of USDA Foods

This manual was developed to provide an overview of the recall process for USDA Foods with a focus on school meals programs.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0042
Disaster Response

This memorandum supersedes SP 25-2012, CACFP 12-2012, SFSP 10-2012, Disaster Response and provides an overview of ways state agencies, school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and sponsors participating in the Summer Food Service Program can respond to situations resulting from damage or disruptions due to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flood as well as other exceptional emergency situations or man-made disasters.

SP46 CACFP12 SFSP18-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0037
Q&As Related to the Independent Review of Applications

Attached are Questions and Answers related to the final rule published in the Federal Register on February 6, 2014 titled, Independent Review of Applications Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

SP44-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0031
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, schools, and sponsoring organizations operating in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program about data sharing requirements and opportunities.

SP42 SFSP17 CACFP11-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0030
Clarification of the Policy on Food Consumption Outside of Foodservice Area, and the Whole Grain-Rich Requirement

This memorandum is intended to clarify two issues regarding meals offered under National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). First, the memorandum clarifies the policy of the Food and Nutrition Service regarding student consumption of certain lunch or breakfast items outside of the foodservice area and meal period. Second, it clarifies the requirement to offer whole grain-rich products in the NSLP and SBP.

SP41-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0027
Grain Entrees Related to the Smart Snacks in School Standards

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify the status of grain-only items as entrées under the Interim Final Rule titled “National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” also known as the Smart Snacks in School rule.

SP35-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0022
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.

SP30-2014