Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2019-0098
FNS Handbook 501 for FDPIR

The FNS Handbook 501 provides Indian Tribal Organizations and state agencies guidance on the administration of the food distribution program. The chapters within the handbook cover all aspects of the program including financial management, certification of households, food ordering, and inventory control.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0051
Allocation of FY 2020 Funds

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide funding allocation amounts for all state agencies for fiscal year 2020, to provide information on funding requirements and deadlines, and to serve as a reminder of important program requirements.

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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
CSFP Sharing Gallery: Presentations & Training

CSFP works to improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. Visit the CSFP homepage to learn more about the program. Materials in the gallery are shared here to help agencies provide more nutrition and food information to CSFP participants.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
CSFP Sharing Gallery: Best Practices for Programs

CSFP works to improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. Visit the CSFP homepage to learn more about the program. Materials in the gallery are shared here to help agencies provide more nutrition and food information to CSFP participants.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0055
Information on the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Act

Section 4104 of the Farm Bill  directs  USDA to issue guidance to promote awareness of donations of apparently wholesome food by qualified direct donors protected under section 22(c) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 . This guidance only applies to privately donated foods provided to TEFAP state agencies and eligible recipient agencies  and is not applicable to USDA Foods provided through TEFAP.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0042
Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for School Year 2019-20

In Section 760 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 , Congress provides that only school food authorities that had a negative balance in the nonprofit school food service account as of Dec. 31, 2018, shall be required to establish prices for paid lunches according to the Paid Lunch Equity provisions in Section 12(p) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1760(p) and implemented in National School Lunch Program regulations at 7 CFR 210.14(e).

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Resource | Training
FDPIR Household Certification Training Course

FNS developed the FDPIR Household Certification Training course to help Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) and state agency certification workers and their supervisors successfully administer the program.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Integrated Food Management System (IFMS)

The Integrated Food Management System (IFMS) replaces the legacy, Automated Inventory System (AIS). IFMS consolidates food distribution transactions into a seamless, easy-to-use cloud-based platform.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0073
Q&As on the Final Rule Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements

Attached are Questions and Answers (QAs) on the final rule Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements (83 FR 63775, December 12, 2018), which provides menu planning flexibilities in the child nutrition programs beginning July 1, 2019.

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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0074
Meal Requirements under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Q&As for Program Operators

This memorandum rescinds and replaces memorandum SP 10-2012 (v. 9), Questions and Answers on the Final Rule “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, dated August 3, 2015.

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