Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Nutrition Standards for School Meals

This page contains regulations, policy memos, and other guidance materials relating to the nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Resource | Toolkits
Tools for Schools: Focusing on Smart Snacks

A number of tools and resources are available to help schools identify food items that meet Smart Snacks criteria. See the resources below for information about the Smart Snacks requirement, helpful tools, and ways to encourage children to make healthier snack choices that give them the nutrition they need to grow and learn.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0049
2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant RFA

The Fiscal Year 2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Request for Applications are available to state agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program to fund the costs of improving your direct certification rates with SNAP, and other needs-based assistance programs, as allowed under federal statute and regulations.

SP41-2017
Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; Approval of Information Collection Request

The final rule titled Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was published on July 29, 2016. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR) on Sept. 12, 2016. This document announces approval of the ICR.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program Report to Congress: State Implementation Progress, School Year 2014-2015

This report responds to the requirement of PL 110-246 to assess the effectiveness of state and local efforts to directly certify children for free school meals. Direct certification is a process conducted by the states and by local educational agencies to certify eligible children for free meals without the need for household applications. 

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the HHFKA of 2010

This rule adopts as final, with some modifications, the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program regulations set forth in the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2013. The requirements addressed in this rule conform to the provisions in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 regarding nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, other than food sold under the lunch and breakfast programs.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0044
Using Federal Funds to Support FoodCorps Service Members

This memorandum clarifies how state agencies and school food authorities can use federal funds to support FoodCorps service members.

SP48 CACFP16 SFSP16-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0045
Unpaid Meal Charges: Local Meal Charge Policies

The purpose of this memorandum is to address the need for school food authorities participating in the Food and Nutrition Service National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to institute and clearly communicate a meal charge policy, which would include, if applicable, the availability of alternate meals.

SP46-2016
Resource | Comment Request
Comment Request - Food Program Reporting System (FPRS)

This legislation directs USDA to carry out annual national performance assessments of the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Programs.

Resource | Comment Request
Comment Request - Community Eligibility Provision Characteristics Study (CEP)

The CEP Characteristics Study will include surveys of nationally representative samples of participating and eligible non-participating LEAs to obtain updated information on the characteristics of participating and non-participating districts and schools. It will also examine CEP impacts on student participation and per meal revenue.