Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0083
Q&As related to Food Service Management Company Contracts and Allowable Costs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This memorandum includes questions and answers for state agencies and local program operators on flexibilities available under the child nutrition programs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

SP 21-2020, CACFP 12-2020, SFSP 12-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0039
Child Nutrition Program Meal Service during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks: Q&As #3

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and program operators on the operation of the child nutrition programs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

SP 14-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0016
FNS-640: SY 2017-18 Instructions and Reporting Guidance

School programs policy memo SP 14-2019 provides SY 2017-18 reporting guidance for the FNS-640 report. The FNS-640 form became available in FPRS on March 1, 2019. State agencies may use the attached instructions and business rules/edit check to begin and/or finalize implementation of processes for reporting and any system updates for School Year 2017-2018 reporting.

FNS-640
Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2019-0007
School Meals FAQs

School meals are required to meet specific nutrition standards to operate the school meals programs. The standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0035
60-Day Claim Submission and 90-Day Reporting Requirements for Child Nutrition Programs

Attached is updated clarifying guidance for state agencies regarding the 60-day claim submission and 90-day reporting requirements for child nutrition programs which was released on April 25, 2018. This latest version includes edits to align with changes made in the Summer Food Service Program Simplified Cost Accounting Final Rule published on June 1, 2018.

SP20 CACFP14 SFSP07-2018
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0023
Child Nutrition Programs’ Flexibilities for School Year 2018-2019

An interim final rule published on Nov. 30, 2017 provides child nutrition program operators targeted flexibilities for milk, whole grains, and sodium requirements for School Year 2018-2019. This memorandum summarizes the flexibilities that will be effective July 1, 2018.

SP18 CACFP13-2018
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0016
Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol- Revised

This memorandum revises the current USDA Food and Nutrition Service process for state agencies and eligible service providers[1] seeking a waiver of statutory or regulatory program requirements for the child nutrition programs, including the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, the Special Milk Program (SMP) (SMP), and the School Breakfast Program. This memorandum supersedes SP 27-2017, CACFP 12-2017, SFSP 08-2017, Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol, dated April 26, 2017.

SP15 CACFP12 SFSP05-2018
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0015
Demonstration Project for Non-Congregate Feeding for Outdoor Summer Meal Sites Experiencing Excessive Heat with Q & As

Through this memorandum, pursuant to the authority of section 749(g) of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Act, 2010 (PL 111-80), FNS is continuing the 2017 demonstration project allowing non-congregate feeding at certain outdoor summer meal sites experiencing excessive heat for summer 2018, to develop and test alternative methods of providing access to summer meals for low income children. 

SP14 SFSP04-2018
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0014
Administrative Review – Revised Manual, Forms, and Tools (School Year 2018-2019)

This memorandum provides information regarding the updated School Meal Programs Administrative Review Manual for School Year 2018-2019. In previous years, all AR materials have been updated annually. This school year updates to the AR process were only made in areas regarding the Fiscal Action process and Resource Management.

SP13-2018
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0011
Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for School Year 2018-19

In Section 776 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Congress provides that only school food authorities  that had a negative balance in the nonprofit school food service account as of January 31, 2018, shall be required to establish prices for paid lunches according to the Paid Lunch Equity provisions in Section 12(p) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1760(p) and implemented in National School Lunch Program regulations at 7 CFR 210.14(e).

SP12-2018