Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Direct Certification of Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools

 This rule amends the regulations governing the determination of eligibility for free and reduced price school meals under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program or free milk in schools participating in the Special Milk Program.

Resource | Interim Final Rule
Interim Final Rule: NSLP, SBP and CACFP Amendments to the Infant Meal Pattern

This rule amends the regulations for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program to eliminate the option of serving whole cow’s milk as part of reimbursable meals for infants under one year of age. 

Resource | Policy Memos
Effective Date for Implementation of Interim Regulation Amending the Infant Meal Patterns for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program

On November 15, 1999, we published the subject interim regulation, and established the effective date as December 15, 1999, because (1) the customary effective date for regulations is 30 days after publication and (2) given the health and reimbursement implications, we wished to implement the regulation as soon as possible.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Current Population Survey Analysis of NSLP Participation and Income

This report examines data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) in order to analyze trends in free and reduced price certification and participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) during the period of 1993-1997. The data indicate that free certifications for NSLP as a percentage of CPS estimated eligibles have been increasing for several years and was 118% in 1997 (latest available). Moreover, although combined free and reduced price certifications as a percentage of estimated eligibles is still under 100%, this percentage has also been increasing for several years and will likely exceed 100% when 1998 CPS data is available. Nearly all states (49 of 51) had an increase in their total number of free and reduced price certifications as a percentage of estimated eligibles between 1993-1997.

Resource | Final Rule
Final rule: School Nutrition Programs Nondiscretionary Technical Amendments

This final rule makes a number of technical changes to the regulations governing the National School Lunch Program, the Special Milk Program for Children, the School Breakfast Program, State Administrative Expense Funds, Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools.

Resource | Notices
Modification of the "Vegetable Protein Products'' Requirements for Child Care Programs Extension of Public Comment Period

Modification of the "Vegetable Protein Products'' Requirements for Child Care Programs Extension of Public Comment Period.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Modification of the "Vegetable Protein Products'' Requirements for the NSLP, SBP, SFSP and CCFP

The proposed rule entitled Modification of the ‘‘Vegetable Protein Products’’ Requirements for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program was published in the Federal Register (64 FR 38839– 38844) on July 20, 1999.

Resource | Policy Memos
Reimbursement under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for Snacks Served in After School Care Programs Operated by Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCI)

The January 14, 1999, memorandum implementing the after school snack provision of the Child Nutrition Programs’ reauthorization legislation stated that RCCIs would not be eligible for this benefit. To address these situations, we are authorizing RCCIs to participate in the after school snack program.

Resource | Policy Memos
Automatic Eligibility of State-Funded Pre-Kindergarten Participants for Free Meals in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the School Breakfast Program (SBP)

In response to inquiries from three regional offices, we are issuing the attached guidance with regard to the eligibility for free meals of children participating in State-funded pre-kindergarten programs.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Modification of the "Vegetable Protein Products'' Requirements for the NSLP, SBP, SFSP and CACFP

The Food and Nutrition Service is proposing to update the requirements on using ‘‘Vegetable Protein Products’’ in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program (the Child Nutrition Programs) given changes in food technology since the current provisions were adopted.