Resource | Toolkits
Verification Toolkit

School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are required to verify income for a small percentage of households approved for free or reduced price meals each school year. However, getting households to respond to verification requests can be challenging for SFA staff. If households do not respond, they lose their benefits regardless of their actual eligibility. In addition, the number of approved applications an SFA is required to verify is impacted by the number of responses they were able to obtain the previous year.

Resource | Policy Memos | SFSP06-2015
Categorical Eligibility in the Summer Food Service Program

Parts of this memorandum have been rescinded by SFSP 01-2019: Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Rescission, October 11, 2018. Rescinded policy has been struck through.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Increasing Flexibility for Verification of For-Profit Center Eligibility in the CACFP

This rule would exempt for-profit centers from monthly verification if they annually demonstrate that at least 50 percent of children served are eligible for free and reduced-price meals or benefits under title XX of the Social Security Act, or at least 50 percent of adult participants are eligible for benefits under title XIX or title XX of the Social Security Act.

Resource | Regulations
Standard Utility Allowances

States annually update Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs) to reflect changes in utility costs. When determining a household’s eligibility, States consider a household’s total shelter costs, including the cost of utilities. Since actual utility costs are often hard to determine, States can use a SUA, which is the average cost of utilities in the State or local area.   Different States may use different terms to describe these allowances.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As
Elderly Simplified Application Project
Resource | Policy Memos | 2018-1
WIC 2018-2019 Income eligibility Guidelines
Resource | Notices
Child Nutrition Programs - Income Eligibility Guidelines (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

This notice announces the Department's annual adjustments to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to be used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk for the period from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Resource | Notices
WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

The USDA announces adjusted income eligibility guidelines to be used by State agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Webinar: Verification Toolkit and Beginning Verification Before October 1

A brief overview of the resources contained in the Verification Toolkit, as well as a detailed walk-through outlining a few options for beginning verification before October 1.