Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0086
2017 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option

This memorandum consolidates the recent policy changes in the NSLP,  SBP, and SFSP that affect the implementation of the Seamless Summer Option. This memorandum and its attachment supersede SP 37-2015, 2015 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option, May 22, 2015.

SP09-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0065
Policy Memorandum on Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs

The attached policy memorandum, “Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs,” includes important updates to requirements related to accommodating children with disabilities participating in the school neal programs.  Previous FNS guidance on this issue was included in FNS Instruction 783-2, Rev. 2, Meal Substitutions for Medical or other Special Dietary Reasons

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0033
Meaningful Access for Persons with Limited English Proficiency in the School Meal Programs: Guidance and Q&As

This memorandum consolidates and supersedes previous LEP guidance and incorporates previously released USDA and FNS guidance. FNS is issuing this guidance in a  Q&A format to provide responses to questions that FNS has received regarding communications with LEP individuals.

SP37-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0017
Additional Yield Information for School Meals

In January 2012, the “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs,” final rule was published and required schools to serve a greater quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables and more whole grains/whole grain-rich products. To support the updated meal pattern requirements and assist school food operators with menu planning, an inter-agency agreement was established between USDA, FNS and USDA, Agricultural Research Service to conduct analytical yield studies.

SP32-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0062
Community Eligibility Provision: Guidance and Updated Q&As

The Community Eligibility Provision is a meal service option for local educational agencies and schools in high-poverty areas. CEP allows participating LEAs and schools to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without the burden of collecting household applications.

SP54-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0032
Q&As on the Final Rule: Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as Required by the HHFKA

This memorandum has been rescinded and replaced by SP05-2020: Questions & Answers Regarding Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Program Personnel.

SP38-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0060
Meal Service During Unanticipated School and Day Care Closures

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify that meals may be served through the Summer Food Service Program or the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option during unanticipated school closures, including snow days, during the regular school year.

SP55 CACFP26 SFSP18-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0026
Bonding Requirements for Food Service Management Companies and other Subcontractors

Under previous interpretation of 2 CFR 200.325, FNS communicated that “subcontracts exceeding the Simplified Acquisition Threshold” not only applied to subcontracts related to construction or facility improvement contracts, but also applied to Food Service Management Companies (FSMCs) as the contracts they have with School Food Authorities (SFAs) were considered to be subcontracts and, therefore, fell under the scope of the bonding requirements in 2 CFR 200.325

SP35-2016
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0080
Completion of Fiscal Action in School Year 2016-2017 Administrative Reviews

This memorandum addresses questions that state agencies have asked regarding school food authority wide fiscal action and assists state agencies in completing administrative reviews of SFAs.

SP07-2017
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0095
Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to revise guidance on the use of school and census data to establish area eligibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the At-Risk Afterschool component of CACFP, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch Program.

SP08 CACFP04 SFSP03-2017