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Applying for Free and Reduced Price School Meals

USDA offers prototypes of school meal applications, as well as sample instructional documents intended to assist state and local officials in the design and distribution of their own application materials.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0009

Family Friendly Applications

FNS has developed a new version of the prototype Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application package. This “family friendly” application package has been simplified to include only the information that families need when first applying for free or reduced price meals in the school meals programs.

SP21-2013
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Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

State agencies, local agencies, or other recipients that fail to provide free language assistance (interpretation/translation) to potentially-eligible persons, applicants, and participants, who are limited English proficient (LEP), or deny LEP persons access to federally assisted programs and activities, may be discriminating on the basis of national origin in violation of Title VI and its implementing regulations.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0013

School Districts and Federal Procurement Regulations

This guidance was issued upon our learning that a number of school food authorities were not drafting their own specifications and procurement documents for certain software acquisitions but instead directly incorporating a list of features written by a prospective bidder.

SP14-2006
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0042

Ensuring Access to Free and Reduced Price School Meals for Low-Income Students

This guidance provides steps state agencies and school administrators can take to improve access to school meal programs through the application, certification, and verification processes so that all eligible children in NSLP and SBP schools have the opportunity to participate in the school meal programs.

SP43-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0033

Meaningful Access for Persons with Limited English Proficiency in the School Meal Programs: Guidance and Q&As

This memorandum consolidates and supersedes previous LEP guidance and incorporates previously released USDA and FNS guidance. FNS is issuing this guidance in a Q&A format to provide responses to questions that FNS has received regarding communications with LEP individuals.

SP37-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0031

Meaningful Access for Persons with Limited English Proficiency in the School Meal Programs: Guidance and Q&As

The purpose of this memorandum is to remind local educational agencies and schools that they are required to take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to school meals for eligible students from households comprised of LEP individuals. This memorandum summarizes existing USDA and FNS guidance intended to assist program participants in providing meaningful access for LEP persons. 

SP37-2016
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SNAP and FDPIR Nondiscrimination Statement for Joint Application Form

Programs that receive federal financial assistance from HHS, such as TANF, and programs HHS directly operates are also prohibited from discrimination under federal civil rights laws and HHS regulations.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-1996-0010

State Agency Public-Media Release on behalf of CACFP Institutions

Recently, we were asked whether state agencies are required to make public release announcements on behalf of their CACFP institutions. If the state is not required to do so, does the state have the option to publish an announcement for CACFP institutions in conjunction with other child nutrition programs, and if so, does this announcement relieve the institutions of their responsibility for releasing a public notification?

Resource | Grants

School Wellness Policy Cooperative Agreement

This competitive cooperative agreement solicits applications for a national-level surveillance system that will address the most important gaps in the coverage of the existing government-funded national school wellness policy surveillance systems.