Resource | Policy Memos | SP10 CAFP07 SFSP06-2007
Update on Electronic Transactions in the Child Nutrition Programs

We have received numerous questions regarding the electronic transfer of information in the administration of state-administered federal programs. This memo updates the October 2, 2001 policy memo regarding electronic transactions in child nutrition programs.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP04-2007
Scanned Income Applications

There have been multiple questions concerning software programs that scan free or reduced price applications but only capture income as whole dollar amounts.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP03-2008
Alternate Menu Planning Approaches – Calorie and Nutrient Standards

This memorandum clarifies the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) policy regarding the calorie and nutrient requirements for meals planned using alternate menu planning approaches.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP03-2007
Vending Machines in the School Meal Programs

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is aware that there is a growing interest among school food authorities (SFA) on the use of vending machines in the school meals programs. The following material is intended to provide interim guidance for SFAs that are considering whether a meal vending machine could be successfully incorporated into their National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP).

Resource | Policy Memos | SP05-2008
Food Safety Inspections in Non-Traditional School Settings

This memo clarifies how the food safety inspection requirement is to be carried out by program operators on military bases, Indian reservations and Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs).

Resource | Research | Food/Nutrient Analysis
School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study - III

A key objective of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) is to ensure that children have access to healthy, well-balanced meals. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of USDA sponsored the third SNDA study to provide up-to-date information on the school meal programs, the school environment that affects the programs, the nutrient content of school meals, and the contributions of school meals to students’ diets. Data were collected from a nationally representative sample of districts, schools, and students in school year (SY) 2004-2005. The nutrient content of school meals offered and served was compared to USDA’s current regulatory standards. Students’ diets were assessed using the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), the most up-to-date scientific standards for assessing dietary status.

Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
NSLP/SBP Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification Study – Erroneous Payments in the NSLP and SBP

Program errors and the risk of erroneous payments in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) continue to be a concern. Slightly more than one in five students were certified inaccurately or erroneously denied benefits in school year (SY) 2005-06. New data estimates the gross cost of school meals erroneous payments due to certification error at about $935 million while other operational errors represent about $860 million. Most of the payment errors resulted from (1) household misreporting of income, (2) administrative errors by school districts in processing applications, and (3) errors by cashiers in counting reimbursable meals. The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use this new information to continue the extensive work underway, and step up its commitment to work with Congress and program partners to address these erroneous payments. Actions to reduce these errors must improve accuracy without compromising access for low-income families, must not unduly increase burden on schools, and must be cost-effective.

Resource | Interim Final Rule
Interim Rule: Applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program and for Benefits in the Special Milk Program (SMP) and Technical Amendments

This interim rule amends the regulations on eligibility determinations for free and reduced price school meals to implement nondiscretionary provisions of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Procurement Requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Program (SMP)s

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is revising the regulations governing procedures related to the procurement of goods and services in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Special Milk Program to remedy deficiencies identified in audits and program reviews.