Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0079
Updated E-Rate Guidance for Schools Electing Community Eligibility

This memorandum notifies state agencies and local program operators of recently updated rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the calculation of discount rates under the E-Rate program for schools electing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

SP08-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0076
Assessing Proposed Nutrition Education Costs in the NSLP and SBP

This memorandum provides guidance on the process state agencies and SFAs should use when assessing requests to fund nutrition education related expenses from the nonprofit school food service account.

SP07-2015
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-2014-0070
Online Fees in the School Meal Programs

FNS considers access to a healthy school meal a critical function of child nutrition programs. FNS Instruction 782-6 established the longstanding policy that children participating in the school meal programs not be charged any additional fees for services provided in conjunction with the delivery of these programs.

SP02-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0068
Information and Guidance on the Domestic Beef Market

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information and guidance to state agencies and school food authorities on the current status of the domestic beef market.

SP66-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0065
Instructions for Reporting State Administrative Funds for Implementing the New Meal Patterns

To assist state agencies and FNS to better monitor the use of Section 201 funds, as mentioned in our August 15, 2014 memorandum SP60-2014 (Second Extension of Grant Period for State Administrative Funds to Implement New Meal Pattern Requirements), FNS has changed the frequency of financial reporting from annual reporting to quarterly reporting beginning with the fiscal year (FY) 2015.

SP65-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0062
Smart Snacks Standards for Exempt Foods when Paired Together

The purpose of this memo is to clarify Smart Snacks standards for exempt foods that are paired together as a single snack.

SP63-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0060
New LEA Second Review of Applications Report

This memorandum and its attachments provide information on the release of the new form FNS-742a, the Local Educational Agency Second Review of Applications Report, used to report the results of the second review of free and reduced price applications in the NSLP and School Breakfast Program.

SP62-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0056
State Agency Fundraiser Elections and Exemptions

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) directed the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the school day, including foods sold through school fundraisers. On June 28, 2013, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the “Smart Snacks in School ” (Smart Snacks) regulation that carefully balances science-based nutrition standards with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus.

SP59-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0051
Eligibility Effective Date for Directly Certified Students

This memorandum addresses inquiries regarding flexibility in determining the effective date of eligibility for students who are directly certified to receive free meals or free milk in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and the Special Milk Program.

SP51-2014