Resource | Notice
Summer Food Service Program; 2009 Reimbursement Rates

This notice informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. These adjustments address changes in the Consumer Price Index, as required under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The 2009 reimbursement rates are presented as a combined set of rates to highlight simplified cost accounting procedures that are extended nationwide by enactment of the Fiscal Year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The 2009 rates are also presented individually, as separate operating and administrative rates of reimbursement, to show the effect of the Consumer Price Index adjustment on each rate.

Resource | Rule
Revisions in the WIC Food Packages Rule To Increase Cash Value Vouchers for Women

This rule increases the amount of cash value vouchers from $8.00 to $10.00 issued to pregnant, postpartum and partially breastfeeding women participants for the purchase of fruits and vegetables as part of the WIC food packages.

Resource | Presentations
Letters to Congressional Committees on HIP

Annual reports to Congress describing the status and results of each HIP pilot from 2009-2012

Resource | Handbooks
New CSFP State Agencies' Welcome Packet

This Welcome Packet  is intended to provide helpful information as your State begins serving CSFP participants. Here's an outline of information that will  help  you  as you  get started operating your new CSFP program.

Resource | Policy Memos
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Handling Multiple Applications Submitted by the Same Household

The following clarification applies to multiple applications filed in any form during the initial month of application, whether paper or electronic.

Resource | Rule
WIC Vendor Cost Containment; Approval of Information Collection Request

The final rule entitled Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Vendor Cost Containment was published on October 8, 2009. The Office of Management and Budget cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR) on November 2, 2009. This document announces approval of the ICR.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Healthy Incentives Pilot Evaluation

This is a summary of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the evaluation of HIP.

Resource | Research | Participation Rates
Understanding the Determinants of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has a strong interest in understanding why some eligible households choose to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and some do not. In addition to improving outreach approaches, an understanding of the circumstances and factors that contribute to an eligible household’s decision to participate in the program will inform the methodology for developing appropriate comparison groups for assessing SNAP outcomes. Because of ethical and legal considerations, FNS cannot examine the effect of participation in SNAP on outcomes such as food security
through experimental studies that would require withholding benefits from those eligible. Therefore, this study was conducted to identify whether regression modeling of extant data could yield adequate comparison groups to assess SNAP outcomes.

Resource | Rule
Final Rule: School Food Safety Program Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Principles

This final rule implements a legislative provision which requires school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to develop a school food safety program for the preparation and service of school meals served to children.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

MOU - FNS, AMS, FSIS, AND NMFS.