Resource | Regulations
PART 245—Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools

This part established the responsibilities of state agencies, Food and Nutrition Service regional offices, school food authorities or local educational agencies, as applicable in providing free and reduced price meals and free milk in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program for Children, and commodity schools. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0044
Eligibility Manual for School Meals

The manual provides comprehensive information on federal requirements, policies, and procedures, and is intended to help state agencies and local educational agencies accurately determine, certify, and verify children’s eligibility for free and reduced price school meals and free milk.

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Resource | Notices
Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines (2017-2018)

This notice announces the Department's annual adjustments to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to be used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0029
Revised: Eligibility Based on Census Data: Revision of 2012 Data Release

This memorandum has been superseded by SP 10-2015, CACFP 04, SFSP 03-2015: Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs.

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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0012
Eligibility Based on Census Data: 2012 Data Release

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance regarding the use of census data for area eligibility determinations in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This memorandum has been superseded by SP 10-2015, CACFP 04, SFSP 03-2015: Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs.

CACFP07 SFSP09-2012
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0010
Guidance on Income Eligibility Determinations and Duration

This memorandum provides guidance and clarification regarding individual income eligibility determinations and durations in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

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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
Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: NSLP Direct Certification Continuous Improvement Plans Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

This rule proposes to amend NSLP regulations to incorporate provisions of the Healthy, Hunger- Free Kids Act of 2010 designed to encourage states to improve direct certification efforts with SNAP.