Resource | Policy Memos | SP08-2015
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).

Resource | Policy Memos | SP07-2015
Assessing Proposed Nutrition Education Costs in the NSLP and SBP

This memorandum provides guidance on the process State agencies and school Food authorities (SFAs) should use when assessing requests to fund nutrition education related expenses from the nonprofit school food service account. Nutrition education is an integral part of the mission of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) when the nutrition education and related activities directly support the operation and/or improvement of the school food service. 7 CFR Part 210.12(a)

Resource | Policy Memos | SP06-2015
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 (SFAs) may be dealing with when considering the allowability of such costs.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP02-2015
Online Fees in the School Meal Programs

The Food and Nutrition Service (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.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP66-2014
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 (SFAs) on the current status of the domestic beef market. As you may be aware, wholesale prices for ground beef have increased more than 30% since last year. Both commercially- and the Department of Agriculture (USDA)-purchased beef prices continue to rise, and supplies of domestic beef are tight nationwide. USDA understands that lean beef is a popular ingredient in school cafeterias across the country, and that SFAs are working hard to plan menus and coordinate food purchases for the coming months. USDA continues to encourage schools to purchase and use beef in their menus as a good source of lean protein.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP65-2014
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.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP63-2014
Smart Snacks Standards for Exempt Foods when Paired Together

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. 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. The Smart Snacks standards became effective July 1, 2014 and are codified at 7 CFR 210.11. The purpose of this memo is to clarify Smart Snacks standards for exempt foods that are paired together as a single snack.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP62-2014
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 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). On August 27, 2014, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the new form (attached) which will be used starting School Year 2014-2015.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP59-2014
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.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP51-2014
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 (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the Special Milk Program (SMP) (SMP). The following clarifications are consistent with the flexibility provided for determining the effective date of eligibility for applications in policy memorandum SP 11-2014, effective date of Free or Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Determinations (Dec. 3, 2013).