Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Food Manufacturers/Industry

CN Labeling policies and procedures are provided here (QC requirements and compliance, reviews, program manuals, tips for submitting CN Labels, and the manufacturer's product formulation statement).

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
USDA/USDC Authorized Labels and Manufacturers

CN numbers that appear on the valid list apply to the CN logo and crediting statement only. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to ensure that the product label meets all over federal labeling requirements.

Resource | Notice
Correction - Simplified Cost Accounting and Other Actions To Reduce Paperwork in the Summer Food Service Program

This document contains corrections to the final rule entitled “Simplified Cost Accounting and Other Actions to Reduce Paperwork in the Summer Food Service Program,” published in the Federal Register on June 1, 2018. These corrections do not impose new program requirements.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP08 CACFP02 SFSP02-2019
Update of Food Crediting in the Child Nutrition Programs

This memorandum informs stakeholders on the progress made by the Food and Nutrition Service in updating the food crediting system for all child nutrition programs (CNP), including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. This is a first step by FNS towards improving the CNP crediting system to best address today’s evolving food and nutrition environment and meet the needs of those operating and benefiting from the CNPs.

Resource | Regulations
PART 225—Summer Food Service Program

This part establishes the regulations under which the Secretary will administer a Summer Food Service Program.

Resource | Regulations
PART 250—Donation of Foods for Use in the United States, Its Territories and Possessions and Areas Under Its Jurisdiction

The Department purchases foods and donates them to State distributing agencies for further distribution and use in food assistance programs, or to provide assistance to eligible persons.

Resource | Regulations
PART 226—Child and Adult Care Food Program

This part announces the regulations under which the Secretary of Agriculture will carry out the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Resource | Regulations
PART 220—School Breakfast Program

This part announces the policies and prescribes the regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, which authorizes payments to the States to assist them to initiate, maintain, or expand nonprofit breakfast programs in schools.

Resource | Regulations
PART 210—National School Lunch Program

Section 2 of the National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751), states: “It is 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 food and other facilities for the establishment, maintenance, operation, and expansion of nonprofit school lunch programs.” Pursuant to this act, the Department provides States with general and special cash assistance and donations of foods acquired by the Department to be used to assist schools in serving nutritious lunches to children each school day. In furtherance of Program objectives, participating schools shall serve lunches that are nutritionally adequate, as set forth in these regulations, and shall to the extent practicable, ensure that participating children gain a full understanding of the relationship between proper eating and good health.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods - Using Specifications to Target Local Products

In this webinar, the fifth in the series, we discuss how schools can purchase local products by using product specifications, vendor requirements and evaluation criteria. For example, schools can require that vendors offer farm visits or origin labeling, or a school might request a variety of product only grown in the nearby region.