Resource | Fact Sheets | Food Security
Office of Community Food Systems Fact Sheet - Food Safety Modernization Act: Questions and Answers

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 allows the Food and Drug Administration to better protect the public health by strengthening the food system from Farm to Table.  This document addresses common questions regarding the impact of the Act on school gardens and other similar small producers commonly used as sources for local food.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2019-0008
Community Food Systems - Food Safety FAQs
Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2019-0007
School Meals FAQs

School meals are required to meet specific nutrition standards to operate the school meals programs. The standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0092
Meal Service Requirements in the Summer Meal Programs, with Questions and Answers – Revised

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on meal service requirements in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option.

SP10 SFSP06-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0075
Q&A: Purchasing Goods and Services Using Cooperative Agreements, Agents, and Third-Party Services

This memorandum provides general guidance on the various procurement groups FNS has identified, how to use each group in a way that complies with federal procurement standards, and supersedes SP 35-2012, Procuring Services of Purchasing Cooperatives, Group Purchasing Organizations, Group Buying Organizations, etc., dated June 12, 2012.

SP05 CACFP03 SFSP02-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0056
Local Foods and Related Activities in Summer Meal Programs, with Questions and Answers

The purpose of this memorandum and attached questions and answers is to provide guidance on the incorporation of local foods and nutrition and agriculture-based activities in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), collectively referred to as summer meal programs.

SP07 SFSP07-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0055
Meal Service Requirements in the Summer Meal Programs, with Questions and Answers

This has been superseded by SP10 SFSP06-2017.

SP05 SFSP05-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0052
Questions and Answers on the Transition to and Implementation of 2 CFR Part 200

FNS has received many questions related to implementation of 2 CFR Part 200 and understands that changes to financial and procurement systems are costly and require time to develop and implement. Therefore, FNS will work with state agencies during this transition period and will seek to answer questions and provide guidance as needed. 

SP02 CACFP02 SFSP02-2016
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-2013-0041
Q&As Regarding the Participation of Head Start Programs in Child Nutrition Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to consolidate our policy regarding the participation of Head Start Programs in the child nutrition programs. For more information about the Head Start Program and Early Head Start Program, please see the Office of Head Start’s website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/.

SP40 CACFP11 SFSP13-2013