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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Food Manufacturers/Industry

CN labeling policies and procedures are provided here (QC requirements and compliance, reviews, program manuals, tips for submitting CN labels, and the manufacturer's product formulation statement).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0088

Meal Service During Unanticipated School Closures

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide updated guidance on the child nutrition program flexibilities available during unanticipated school closures. Schools may face unanticipated closures due to natural disasters, unscheduled major building repairs, court orders relating to school safety or other issues, labor-management disputes, or, when approved by the state agency, a similar cause.

SP04 CACFP03 SFSP03-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0085

Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

This memorandum, SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019, notifies all child nutrition program state agencies and program operators of guidance the Food and Nutrition Service received from the Office of Management and Budget, OMB M-18-18, authorizing increases to the value of the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds.

SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0078

Updated School Meal Guidance

FNS is issuing a suite of memoranda providing updated guidance for operators in the child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program.

SP36-2019
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0077

Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

This memorandum supersedes policy memo SP 31-2013, “Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Program,” dated March 27, 2013. This revision includes policy changes and general updates to outdated resources/website links and updated questions and answers.

SP41-2019
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0076

Smoothies Offered in the Child Nutrition Programs

This memorandum clarifies juice and yogurt allowances based on the child care and preschool meal pattern updates and incorporates the meal pattern flexibilities related to flavored milk. The flavored milk flexibilities apply to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Special Milk Program for Children effective beginning in school year 2019-2020.

SP40 CACFP17 SFSP17-2019
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0075

Clarification on the Milk and Water Requirements in the School Meal Program

This memorandum rescinds and replaces SP19-2018, issued Aug. 6, 2018. This updated memorandum clarifies regulations that water made available to students in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program shall not compete with the milk requirement.

SP39-2019
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0074

Meal Requirements under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Q&As for Program Operators

This memorandum rescinds and replaces memorandum SP 10-2012 (v. 9), Questions and Answers on the Final Rule “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, dated August 3, 2015.

SP38-2019
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0073

Q&As on the Final Rule Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements

Attached are Questions and Answers (QAs) on the final rule Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements (83 FR 63775, Dec. 12, 2018), which provides menu planning flexibilities in the child nutrition programs beginning July 1, 2019.

SP37 CACFP16-2019
Resource | Info Sheets

School Lunch and Breakfast Sodium Limits and Timeline

National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program sodium limits and timeline