Resource | FAQs/Q&As
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 | Toolkits
Verification Toolkit

School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are required to verify income for a small percentage of households approved for free or reduced price meals each school year. However, getting households to respond to verification requests can be challenging for SFA staff. If households do not respond, they lose their benefits regardless of their actual eligibility. In addition, the number of approved applications an SFA is required to verify is impacted by the number of responses they were able to obtain the previous year.

Resource | Grants
FNS FY 2006 Request for Administrative Reviews and Training Funds

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, P.L. 108-265, authorizes FNS to award $4,000,000 beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2005 and for each of the following fiscal years through FY 2009, to state agencies for administrative reviews and training of selected local educational agencies.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
SP 45-2013: Updated Offer versus Serve Guidance for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program in School Year 2013-2014

This guidance replaces the 2004 edition of the Offer versus Serve in the School Nutrition Programs Resource Guide. In addition, please note that this guidance will be revised for School Year 2014 - 2015 and beyond to reflect newly implemented meal pattern requirements as they are phased in.