Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2010-0044
Effects of Busing on Area Eligibility in CACFP, SFSP, and Afterschool Snack and Seamless Summer Option served through NSLP

This supersedes the May 20, 2003, version of the policy memo, Effects of Busing on Area Eligibility. In addition to programs originally provided for under this guidance, this memorandum adds the Seamless Summer Option to this policy.

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Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program: State Progress in Implementation Report to Congress

This report responds to the legislative requirement of PL 110-246 to assess the effectiveness of state and local efforts to directly certify children for free school meals. Under direct certification, children are determined eligible for free school meals without the need for household applications by using data from other means-tested programs.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Feasibility of Wider Implementation of Direct Verification With Medicaid

To ensure program integrity, school districts must sample household applications certified for free or reduced-price meals, contact the households, and verify eligibility. This process (known as household verification) can be burdensome for both school officials and households. Direct verification uses information from certain other means-tested programs to verify eligibility without contacting applicants. Potential benefits include: less burden for households, less work for school officials, and fewer students with school meal benefits terminated because of nonresponse to verification requests.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2010-0036
FNS FY 2010 Request for Applications for Direct Certification Grants Questions and Answers

FNS has provided the following answers to questions submitted by potential Direct Certification grant applicants to clarify instructions in the grant application process.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2010-0019
Q&As on Extending Categorical Eligibility to Additional Children in a Household

This memorandum provides questions and answers relating to policy memorandum SP 38-2009, CACFP 08-2009, SFSP 07-2009, Extending Categorical Eligibility to Additional Children in a Household, dated August 27, 2009.

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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2010-0016
Categorical Eligibility: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

This is a reminder of the statutory and regulatory requirements for categorical eligibility for the Child Nutrition Programs based on receipt of benefits from each state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act restricts categorical eligibility to those TANF programs with standards that are comparable to or more restrictive than those in effect on June 1, 1995.

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