Resource | Policy Memos | SP43-2017
Revised SY16-17 SFA-3 Administrative Review Form for FNS-640 Reporting

This memorandum provides the SY 2016-2017 SFA-3 with revised instructions that provide additional information and clarifications to the previously released form’s instructions. The revised instructions will assist with the completion of the FNS-640 report that is due on March 1, 2018.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP42-2017
Beginning Verification before October 1: Guidance to Local Educational Agencies

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance to State agencies and local educational agencies (LEAs) on the option to begin verification activities before October 1.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP41-2017
2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant RFA

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is pleased to announce the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Request for Applications (RFA).   The grants are available to State agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to fund the costs of improving your direct certification rates with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other needs-based assistance programs, as allowed under Federal statute and regulations.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP40-2017
2017 Edition of Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs

Attached is the 2017 Edition of Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs. This guide provides guidance on the requirement for school food authorities to ensure equal access to Program benefits for children with disabilities, which includes providing special meals to children with a disability that restricts their diet.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP39-2017
Local Agency Procurement Reviews for School Food Authorities

The purpose of this memorandum is to amend guidance provided in SP 45-2016 Draft Tool for Local Agency Procurement Reviews for School Food Authorities in SY2016-2017 and to clarify Food and Nutrition Service expectations for State agency oversight of school food authority procurement procedures, as required in Program regulations at 7 CFR 210.21, 215.14a, 220.16, as applicable, and the government-wide regulations in 2 CFR 200.318-326.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP38-2017
Compliance with and Enforcement of the Buy American Provision in the NSLP

The Food and Nutrition Service has continued to receive a number of inquiries relating to the details and enforcement of the Buy American provision in 7 CFR 210.21(d). This memorandum replaces SP 24-2016, Compliance with and Enforcement of the Buy American Provision in the National School Lunch Program, dated Feb. 03, 2016. This guidance provides several updates, including suggested contract language to be utilized in solicitations, and serves to reinforce the importance of the Buy American provision to our economy and its positive effects on small and local businesses.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP31-2017
Clarifications for Fiscal Action School Food Authority-Wide for Administrative Reviews in School Year 2016-2017

This memorandum addresses questions recently raised by State agencies regarding the FNS requirement to apply fiscal action School Food Authority (SFA)-wide and assists State agencies in completing administrative reviews of SFAs in School Year 2016-17. This memorandum should be used in conjunction with the FNS memos, SP44-2016: Administrative Reviews - Revised Manual, Forms, and Tools (School Year 2016-2017), SP56-2016: Additional Guidance for the Implementation of the Administrative Reviews in School Nutrition Programs Final Rule, and SP07-2017: Completion of Fiscal Action in School year 2016-2017 Administrative Reviews.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP30 CACFP13-2017
Transition Period for Updated CACFP, Infant, Preschool Meal Patterns

This memorandum, which was in effect from May 10, 2017 through September 30, 2018, outlined a transition period for implementing the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program meal patterns and the updated infant and preschool meal patterns in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Although this memorandum is no longer in effect, it remains available for historical reference.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP29-2017
2017 Edition: Overcoming the Unpaid Meal Challenge: Proven Strategies from Our Nation’s Schools

This is the 2017 Edition of Overcoming the Unpaid Meal Challenge: Proven Strategies from Our Nation’s Schools. This best practice guide is designed to support State agencies and local program operators in their efforts to find workable solutions to the challenge of unpaid meal charges. This edition incorporates clarifications requested by State agencies and FNS Regional Offices. Changes are highlighted throughout the guide.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP28-2017
Revised Prototype Free and Reduced Price Application for SY 2017-2018

Attached to this memorandum, please find a revised edition of the Prototype Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals, with an accompanying instructions document. These materials have been updated for use in school year (SY) 2017-2018, and may be adapted for direct use by State and local agencies, or as a reference for designing an effective application packet that meets all statutory and regulatory requirements.  Use of the revised application forms is optional and the prototype materials released in SP 34-2016, Revised Prototype Free and Reduced Price Application Materials for SY 2016-17, may still be used.