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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0066

Substitution and Valuation of USDA Cheese

In November 2005, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued Policy Memorandum FD-049 to assist school food authorities (SFAs) in providing healthier options and a wider variety of cheese products for students. The policy memorandum permits processors to substitute cheese donated by the Department of Agriculture (i.e., USDA cheese) with other varieties of cheese produced for the commercial market.

FD-049
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0065

Approval of End Products and Monitoring of End Product Sales

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to clarify a state distributing agency's (SDA) responsibilities regarding (1) the approval of end products for processing; and (2) monitoring of sales of such end products to school food authorities (SF A) in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) by reviewing a processor's monthly performance report.

FD-127
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0062

Offering School Food Authorities the Required Value and Variety of USDA Foods, and Efficient and Cost-Effective Distribution

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to provide direction and guidance to SDAs in order to ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements, and to make certain that all SFAs receive their planned assistance level and maximize their use of USDA Foods to meet the nutrition standards in the NSLP.

FD-125
Resource | Flyers

Let's Eat for the Health of It

Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. Try some of these options.

Resource | Flyers

Healthier Middle Schools Every teacher can help

There are short-term and long-term advantages to making healthier foods and regular physical activity priorities at your school.

Resource | Forms

FNS-191: Racial/Ethnic Group Participation - CSFP

This form is used to report Racial/Ethnic Group Participation in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program as outlined in FNS Instruction 113-1. 

FNS-191
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0036

Substitution of Donated Foods in Advance of Purchase and Negative Inventories

In accordance with 7 CFR 250.30(1), a processor may. in most cases, substitute Department of Agriculture (USDA) donated foods with commercially purchased foods of U.S. origin, and of equal or better quality in all USDA purchase specifications than the donated food. The substitution option permits processors to conduct their business efficiently and provide finished end products to school food authorities (SFAs) and other recipient agencies in a timely manner.

FD-122
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0021

Criteria for Determining Household Income Eligibility for TEFAP Foods Intended for Home Consumption

This memorandum is being released on the direction of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 (PL 112-255), Conference Report 112-284. This policy memo clarifies the TEFAP regulations at 7 CFR Part 251.5(b).  

FD-120
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0013

Soliciting Bids from Commercial Distributors for End Products

In this policy memorandum, we clarify that the SFA may, in some cases, include bids for procurement of end products in its solicitation for procurement of commercial food products from commercial distributors, rather than conduct two separate solicitations. 

FD-119
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0009

Verification for Cause in the School Meals Programs

Recently, concerns have been raised about school district employees allegedly misrepresenting their incomes on applications to receive free or reduced price school meals for their children.

SP13-2012