Resource | Policy Memos
Best Practices to Minimize Food Waste

This memorandum implements requirements under Section 4018 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and provides guidance to TEFAP state agencies on best practices to minimize food waste of privately donated foods provided to TEFAP state agencies and eligible recipient agencies. 

Resource | Policy Memos | SP19-2019
State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report for SY 2018-19

This memorandum provides guidance regarding continuation of the food safety inspections reporting requirement under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, (P.L. 116-6) contains language that amended section 9(h)(3) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA), 42 USC 1758(h)(3), to require the state agency’s food safety inspections reporting requirement for FY 2019. State agencies must report to the Food and Nutrition Service the number of annual food safety inspections obtained by schools under their jurisdiction for school year 2018-2019. Please submit the report by November 15, 2019, to: NSLPFoodSafetyInspections@fns.usda.gov.

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 | SP59-2016
Policy Memorandum on Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs

This policy memorandum includes important updates to requirements related to accommodating children with disabilities participating in the School Meal Programs.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP37-2013
Enhancing the School Food Safety Program FAQs

This memorandum and its attachment supersede SP-37-2011, Child Nutrition 2010: Enhancing the School Food Safety Program. Attached are Questions and Answers regarding the school food safety requirements for schools participating in Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Child Nutrition Programs.

Resource | Policy Memos | CACFP15-2012
Health and Safety Standards for Outside-School-Hours Care Centers and At-Risk Afterschool Care Centers

The purpose of this memorandum is to assist Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) State agencies in determining applicable health and safety standards for outside-school-hours care centers (OSHCC) and at-risk afterschool care centers and documenting compliance with those standards, if applicable.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP45-2011
Food Safety Inspections in Service-Only Sites Participating in the School Meals Programs

This memorandum satisfies GAO’s recommendations for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to issue more specific guidance to States and school districts regarding the applicability of the food safety inspections requirement in schools that do not prepare food, such as those that only serve pre-packaged meals or meals delivered from a central preparation location (referred to in this memorandum as service-only sites). 

Resource | Policy Memos | SP39-2008
Responsibility to Request Food Safety Inspections

A number of schools nationwide are still having difficulty obtaining the two food safety inspections required by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. Although the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) realizes that many of the difficulties schools face are beyond their control, we would like to stress that local program operators are responsible for requesting the food safety inspections from the public health department and documenting their efforts.

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 | Policy Memos | SP25-2006
Monitoring SFA Implementation of HACCP-Based Food Safety Program

This memorandum provides interim guidance to the State Agencies (SAs) on monitoring school food authority (SFA) implementation of the food safety program required by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.