Resource | Policy Memos
School Meal Applications and Direct Certification During the Operation of Provision 2 and Provision 3

We have received several inquiries regarding the collection of eligibility information during a Provision 2 or Provision 3 cycle.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
School Meals Initiative Implementation Study: First Year Report

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are central parts of a national policy designed to safeguard the nutritional well-being of the Nation’s children. The programs are administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), operating through State agencies (SAs) that have agreements with the local school systems in their States. Despite the progress that has been achieved over the years in enhancing the quality of school meals, results of research conducted in the early 1990s indicated that school meals, on balance, were not meeting certain key nutritional goals. In late 1993, the USDA launched a far-reaching reform of the school meals programs, a reform aimed at upgrading the nutritional content of school meals. The several elements of this reform are collectively referred to as the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children (SMI), the principal subject of this report.

Resource | Notices
National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs; National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates (July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001)

This Notice announces the annual adjustments to: (1) The "national average payments,'' the amount of money the Federal Government provides States for lunches, afterschool snacks and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; (2) the "maximum reimbursement rates,'' the maximum per lunch rate from Federal funds that a State can provide a school food authority for lunches served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program; and (3) the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to nonneedy children in a school or institution which participates in the Special Milk Program for Children.

Resource | Interim Final Rule
National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Identification of Blended Beef, Pork, Poultry or Seafood Products

This interim rule addresses the use of products or dishes containing more than 30 parts fully hydrated vegetable protein products to less than 70 parts beef, pork, poultry or seafood in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

Resource | Rules
CFR Correction: Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools

This notice corrects Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, parts 210 to 299, revised as of January 1, 2000, page 285, § 245.6a.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Additional Menu Planning Approaches

This final rule also adds a method that allows schools to use “any reasonable approach” to plan menus.

Resource | Policy Memos
Categorical Eligibility of Pre-Kindergarten Even Start Participants for Free Meal Benefits

This memorandum extends this categorical eligibility provision to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the Special Milk Program (SMP) for Children (SMP), and closed enrolled sites in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Resource | Final Rule
Modification of the "Vegetable Protein Products'' Requirements for Child Nutrition Programs

This final rule updates the requirements for using ‘‘Vegetable Protein Products’’ in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program (the Child Nutrition programs). 

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: NSLP and SBP Alternatives to Standard Application and Meal Counting Procedures

This proposed rule would amend the regulations governing the procedures for determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.