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State Enforcement of the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Non-Citizens

This memorandum provides guidance to states regarding the repayment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the sponsors of non-citizens who participate in the program. States are encouraged to request reimbursement if a sponsored non-citizen receives SNAP benefits and clarification is provided on the steps for requesting repayment.  States are also reminded of their obligation to comply with the requirements for counting sponsor income. 

Resource | Policy Memos | SP34 CACFP 15 SFSP15-2019
Crediting Coconut, Hominy, Corn Masa, and Masa Harina in the Child Nutrition Programs

This memorandum rescinds and replaces SP 22-2019, CACFP 09-2019, SFSP 08-2019 Crediting Coconut, Hominy, Corn Masa, and Corn Flour in the Child Nutrition Programs. This updated memorandum provides guidance on crediting coconut (including dried coconut), hominy, corn masa, and masa harina and clarifies how to identify popular products made from corn that can credit towards the grain requirements in the child nutrition programs (CNPs), including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

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Identity Authentication Pilot Projects – Conversion to State Option

Federal law requires state agencies to verify a SNAP applicant's identity and other critical information prior to certifying the household to participate in SNAP. In general, SNAP state agencies verify identity based on documentary evidence, such as a driver's license, obtained through the applicant or a third party. However, over the last 6 years, the FNS has conditionally permitted several state agencies to establish and conduct Identity Authentication Pilot projects. As a result of the projects' success in providing an innovative way for SNAP state agencies to provide maximum flexibility to utilize technology in streamlining program administration, FNS is now providing all state agencies the option to use Identity Authentication in verifying applicant identity.

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Information from Third Party Payroll Sources

This memorandum clarifies the use of third party payroll sources, such as The Work Number, for SNAP certification policy and Quality Control (QC) purposes. The first two sections of this memorandum apply to certification · policy and the section titled Quality Control Considerations provides details on how to treat verification from a third party payroll source for QC reviews.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP33-2019
Updated Local Agency Procurement Review Tool for School Food Authorities for SY 2019-2020

This memorandum provides information on the updated template Local Agency Procurement Review Tool for state agencies to use, modify, or develop in school year (SY) 2019-2020. While the concepts of the original tool remain the same, the updated tool is now streamlined to reduce burden, consolidate questions, clarify instructions, and improve functionality for school food authorities (SFAs) and state agencies.

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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 | SP32-2019
Buy American and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

This memorandum addresses information in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 regarding the Buy American requirements in the national school meal programs. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (Section 12(n), 42 USC 1760(n)), requires school food authorities to purchase, to the maximum extent practicable, domestic commodities or products. This provision supports the mission of the child nutrition programs, which is to serve children nutritious meals and support American agriculture. 

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FY 2020 Federal and State Target Management Evaluations

FNS is targeting the SNAP Management Evaluations for Fiscal Year 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP31 CACFP14 SFSP14-2019
Farm Bill Implementation Memo: Donated Traditional Foods and Civil Liability

On Dec. 20, 2018, Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-334, 2018 Farm Bill). The purpose of this memorandum is to notify child nutrition program operators of the 2018 Farm Bill’s expansion of the provision stating that certain groups are not liable in civil cases regarding the donation and service of traditional foods. This provision only applies to food service programs at public and nonprofit facilities that primarily serve Indians, including those operated by Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations.

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TEFAP - Information on the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Act

Section 4104 of the Farm Bill  directs  USDA to issue guidance to promote awareness of donations of apparently wholesome food by qualified direct donors protected under section 22(c) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 . This guidance only applies to privately donated foods provided to TEFAP state agencies and eligible recipient agencies  and is not applicable to USDA Foods provided through TEFAP.