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TEFAP – Farm to Food Bank Projects State Plan Requests and Fiscal Year 2020 Allocations

This memo provides guidance to TEFAP state agencies on how to amend their state plans in order to be eligible for FY 2020 Farm to Food Bank Project funding.

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CSFP: Income Guidelines for 2020

This memorandum transmits the 2020 Income Guidelines (IGs) for state agencies and ITOs in determining the eligibility of individuals applying to participate in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. 

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Revised Guidance for Use of Vendor/Private Staff in Call Centers: 2020 Update

Building on best practices to date and consistent with USDA’s efforts to improve customer service and increase state flexibility within the bounds of the law, while continuing to encourage states as laboratories of innovation, FNS is once again expanding allowable activities for states seeking to use vendor/private staff in call centers

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CSFP: Final Caseload Assignments for the 2020 Caseload Cycle and Administrative Grants

On Dec. 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (PL 116-94), which provides $245 million for CSFP for FY 2020. Based on this funding level, FNS is issuing a final national caseload allocation of 736,110 for the 2020 caseload cycle (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020). This amount is equal to the 2019 national caseload allocation. FNS is allocating final caseload and administrative grants as provided in this memo. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-147
Policy Cancellation Memorandum

In order to update and streamline policy guidance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), the Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is cancelling Policy Memoranda FD-010, FD-027, FD-028, FD-029, FD-032, FD-053, FD-055, FD-071, FD-073, FD-074, FD-083, FD-086, FD-087, FD-090, FD-105, and FD-115. The guidance provided by these memoranda are either outdated, obsolete, or otherwise captured in more current memoranda.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-146
FD-146: Questions and Answers about Distribution Procedures in TEFAP

This memorandum provides information on current flexibilities in distribution procedures that are available for state agencies that administer TEFAP. 

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Final Rule: Implementation Memo for Lottery and Gambling Winners

On April 15, 2019, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the final rule for The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Student Eligibility, Convicted Felons, Lottery and Gambling, and State Verification Provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (84 FR 15083). Enclosed is a summary of the rule’s lottery and gambling provisions, which implement Section 4009 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. FNS may issue additional guidance, as needed, regarding the other provisions of this final rule.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019
Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

This memorandum, SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019, notifies all child nutrition program state agencies and program operators of guidance the Food and Nutrition Service received from the Office of Management and Budget, OMB M-18-18, authorizing increases to the value of the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds. The changes apply to all child nutrition programs and implement an approval process for certain state agencies and program operators that want to request micro-purchase thresholds higher than $10,000.

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National and State Target Memos

The purpose of this memo is to transmit national target areas and procedures for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Management Evaluations (MEs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) National Office (NO), in collaboration with FNS Regional Offices (ROs), has identified 3 national target areas and 8 at-risk program areas where resources should be directed for FY 2019.

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Revised Non-Merit System Personnel Guidance for Call Centers

Consistent with USDA's efforts to increase state flexibility within the bounds of the law, FNS is expanding allowable activities for states seeking to use non-merit system personnel in call centers. With FNS approval, states may now use non-merit personnel to provide basic case-specific information that is readily available in the system to a SNAP applicant or participant, such as application or case status, benefit issuance date, and status of submitted verifications.