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Resource | Legislation

PL 79-396 - Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act

[As Amended Through PL 116–94, Enacted Dec. 20, 2019]
It is hereby declared to be the policy of Congress, as a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food, by assisting the states, through grants-in-aid and other means, in providing an adequate supply of foods and other facilities for the establishment, maintenance, operation, and expansion of nonprofit school lunch programs.

PL 116–94
Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance | FNS-GD-2018-0001

Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs has all of the current information in one manual to help you and your purchasing agent buy the right amount of food and the appropriate type of food for your program(s), and determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2012-0019

Handling Fresh Produce in Classrooms

Handling Fresh Produce in Classrooms: Guidance for School Nutrition Staff - Follow your school district’s food safety plan for appropriate actions when temperature standards are not met.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2012-0001

Coordinated Review Effort Procedures Manual

An administrative review which refers to the Coordinated Review Effort is the initial comprehensive on-site evaluation by a state agency  of a school food authority participating in the National School Lunch Program, and includes both critical and general areas of review.

Resource | Legislation

PL 111–296 - Child Nutrition Act of 1966

[As Amended Through PL 111–296, Effective Dec. 13, 2010]
To strengthen and expand food service programs for children.

PL 111–296
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2009-0033

Contracting with Food Service Management Companies

Contracting with Food Service Management Companies: Guidance for School Food Authorities The following guidance identifies items that should be considered in deciding whether to use a FSMC, the actions that should be taken once a decision to use a FSMC has been made, and the responsibilities of the SFA after the SFA-FSMC contract becomes operational.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2009-0007

Contracting with Food Service Management Companies

Contracting with Food Service Management Companies. Guidance for State Agencies. The purpose of this guidance is to provide SAs with the actions appropriate to ensure compliance with both program regulations and Federal cost and procurement standards.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2007-0031

Child Nutrition Labeling for Juice Drinks and Juice Drink Products

This publication has been prepared for juice drink manufacturers.  It contains directions for calculating the contribution that a juice drink or juice drink product makes toward meeting meal pattern requirements for the child nutrition programs.  It also contains instructions on how to apply for and obtain approval of a label with a child nutrition (CN) statement. 

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2005-0001

Child Nutrition Labeling for Nonmeat Products

This publication has been prepared for food manufacturers. It contains instructions on how to apply for and obtain approval of a label with a Child Nutrition (CN) statement.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2001-0019

Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs

Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs. Guidance for School Food Service Staff