Resource | Policy Memos | SP09 CACFP03 SFSP02-2015
Written Codes of Conduct and Performance of Employees Engaged in Award and Administration of Contracts

This memorandum responds to a number of recent questions and requests to provide clarifying guidance to state agencies and child nutrition program operators, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program, regarding the expectation and enforcement of ethical conduct by their employees engaged in procurement of program goods and service.

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 | Notices
Child Nutrition Programs: Income Eligibility Guidelines (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)

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, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

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 | Research | Demonstrations
Evaluation of the Impact of Wave 2 Incentives Demonstrations on Participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): FY 2012

The evaluation analyzed administrative data acquired from the six States that participated in the 2012 Enhanced Summer Food Service Program (eSFSP) Demonstrations to examine the impact of the demonstrations on participation. It found that the impacts on participation were mixed. For the Backpack demonstration, sites in one State increased the number of children and meals served, sites in another State served more meals but did not increase the number of children served, and both meals and children served decreased in the third State. Analysis of the Meal Delivery demonstration indicates the demonstration likely increased the number of children served.

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 | Technical Assistance
Food-Safe Schools Action Guide

The Action Guide is intended to help you coordinate all aspects of food safety to create a culture of food safety. Think of it as an umbrella that covers many important areas of food safety that need to be considered when serving food in schools. The Action Guide identifies Federal food safety requirements that schools are required to meet, as well as other important areas that should be addressed to have a top-notch food safety program. The Action Guide also identifies the roles that others (e.g., teachers, parents, school nurses) in the school community play in the school’s food safety efforts.

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.