Resource | Reimbursement Rates
National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs: National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013)

This Notice announces the annual adjustments to the "national average payments,'' the amount of money the Federal Government provides States for lunches, afterschool snacks and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; to the ``maximum reimbursement rates,'' the maximum per lunch rate from Federal funds that a State can provide a school food authority for lunches served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program; and to the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to non-needy children in a school or institution which participates in the Special Milk Program for Children.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

This final rule updates the meal patterns and nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to align them with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This rule requires most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. These improvements to the school meal programs, largely based on recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, are expected to enhance the diet and health of school children, and help mitigate the childhood obesity trend.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0030
Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

This memorandum explains the grains requirements for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program and specifically addresses implementation of the ounce equivalencies and definition of whole grain-rich products.

SP30-2012
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0017
Paid Lunch Price Report

School food authorities are required to report their paid reimbursable lunch prices to the state agency for publication by the Food and Nutrition Service. This memorandum provides guidance on how to report these prices for School Year 2011-12.

SP18-2012
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0050
Preventing Overt Identification of Children Certified for Free or Reduced Price School Meals

This memorandum serves as guidance on the requirements for preventing overt identification of children certified for free or reduced price school meals.

SP45-2012
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0056
Q&As Related to the 6 Cents Certification Tool

Attached are revised questions and answers related to the Food and Nutrition Service prototype 6 Cents Certification Tool.

SP44-2012
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0038
Residential Child Care Institutions Exception for Safety if Serving Multiple Age/Grade Groups

This memorandum allows Residential Child Care Institutions meeting certain requirements to serve one meal pattern even when the age/grades being served span more than one age/grade group.

SP38-2012
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0073
Revised Meat/Meat Alternates and Milk Charts in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs

Attached are the Revised Meat/Meat Alternates and Milk charts of the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

SP16-2013
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0018
Soliciting Bids from Commercial Distributors for End Products

FD-119 provides clarification for the option to combine the solicitation of procurement of end products and commercial food products. Some school food authorities  may solicit bids for procurement of end products in their solicitation for procurement of commercial food products from commercial distributors, rather than conducting two separate solicitations. 

SP19-2012
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0037
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Fees in FSMC Contracts

This memo is written in response to a number of concerns brought to our attention by state agencies regarding school food authorities in contracts with food service management companies that allow the FSMC to charge a fixed fee to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

SP33-2012