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Questions and Answers Related to the 7 CFR Part 16: Equal Opportunity for Religious Organizations Final Rule

EO Guidance Document #
FNS-GD-2016-0084
FNS Document #
FD-141
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DATE: November 28, 2016
POLICY MEMO: FD-141: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
SUBJECT: Questions and Answers Related to the 7 CFR Part 16: Equal Opportunity for Religious Organizations Final Rule

On April 4, 2016, the Department published the final rule entitled Federal Agency Final Regulations Implementing Executive Order 13559: Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships With Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations (Final Rule).  Subsequently, we issued Policy Memorandum FD-138: Written Notice and Referral Requirements for Beneficiaries Receiving TEFAP and CSFP Benefits from Religious Organizations. Following the publication of the Final Rule and Policy Memorandum FD-138, FNS received several questions regarding compliance with the new requirements of the Final Rule.

This memorandum provides answers to those questions to assist state, local, and eligible recipient agencies in implementing the provisions of the Final Rule and is being released in conjunction with Policy Memorandum FD-142: Further Clarification on Explicitly Religious Activities. Any additional questions should be addressed to the appropriate state agency or FNS regional office.

Laura Castro
Director
Food Distribution Division 

Updated: 11/29/2016

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.