Accommodating Disabilities in the School Meal Programs: Guidance and Q&As
This Question and Answer (Q&A) memorandum is designed to provide practical guidance related to accommodating disabilities in the School Meal Programs, which are the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), the Special Milk Program (SMP), and the NSLP Afterschool Snacks Program. This Q&A discusses relatively common situations which have raised questions in the past. These examples illustrate certain principles and give general direction on what local educational agencies (LEAs), school food authorities (SFAs), and schools must do to comply with Federal law and ensure children with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in the School Meal Programs.
The attached questions have been grouped under the following headings: General Information; What is a Disability?; Procedural Safeguards; Requesting a Modification; Making a Meal Modification; Reimbursement for Modified Meals; Accommodations to the Meal Service; Non-Disability Situations; and Miscellaneous. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will revise this Q&A as needed to address other questions as they arise.
With the release of this guidance, the following memorandum is rescinded with regard to the School Meal Programs only. The memorandum still applies with regard to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program: