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PL 79-396 - Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act

[As Amended Through PL 116–94, Enacted Dec. 20, 2019]
It is hereby declared to be the policy of Congress, as a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food, by assisting the states, through grants-in-aid and other means, in providing an adequate supply of foods and other facilities for the establishment, maintenance, operation, and expansion of nonprofit school lunch programs.

PL 116–94
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2013-0089

Financial Management - CACFP

CACFP funds are provided to assist State agencies through grants and other means to initiate and maintain nonprofit food service Programs for eligible children and adult participants in nonresidential institutions that provide care. This Instruction establishes program standards, principles and guidelines for financial management.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2013-0020

Variations in Meal Requirements for Religious Reasons: Jewish Schools, Institutions and Sponsors

This instruction is intended to clarify allowable variations to child nutrition program food components in order to meet religious needs among Jewish schools, institutions and sponsors. 

783-13 Rev. 3
Resource | Legislation

PL 111–296 - Child Nutrition Act of 1966

[As Amended Through PL 111–296, Effective Dec. 13, 2010]
To strengthen and expand food service programs for children.

PL 111–296
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2009-0058

Financial Management - Child and Adult Care Food Program

CACFP funds are provided to assist state agencies through grants and other means to initiate and maintain nonprofit food service programs for eligible children and adult participants in nonresidential institutions that provide care. This Instruction establishes program standards, principles and guidelines for financial management.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2001-0018

FNS Instruction 796-2, Revision 3

This memorandum provides additional guidance on the implementation of FNS Instruction 796-2, Revision 3. 

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2001-0010

Child and Adult Care Food Program FNS Instruction 796-2, Rev 3

Child and Adult Care Food Program FNS Instruction 796-2, Rev 3, #10 Special Lease Costs

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2001-0009

FNS Instruction 796-2, Rev. 3

FNS Instruction 796-2, Revision 3 establishes standards, principles and guidelines for financial management to: (1) Assure the costs charged to the nonprofit food service are allowable, necessary and reasonable for effective and efficient program operations; (2) Assist state administering agencies and institutions in developing and maintaining financial management systems that comply with CACFP requirements; and (3) Provide, to the extent possible, all institutions of similar type doing the same work, with the same requirements.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-1997-0006

The Grains/Breads Requirement for the Food-Based Menu Planning Alternatives in the Child Nutrition Programs

This Instruction sets forth the criteria to be used to determine acceptable grains/breads, the criteria to be used to determine equivalent minimum serving sizes, and examples of foods that qualify as grains/breads for meals served under the food-based menu planning alternatives in all child nutrition programs

783-1 REV. 2
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-1995-0009

Juice Products - Child Nutrition Programs

This Instruction clarifies the Food and Nutrition Service policy regarding the use juice products in the child nutrition programs.