Resource | Policy Memos | 95-1
Implementation of PL 103-448 Provisions

This policy memorandum authorizes the implementation of the provisions contained in PL 103-448, the Healthy Meals for Healthy Americans Act of 1994, enacted on Nov.  2, 1994.

Resource | Report
USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food Reports (1994 reports)

The Food Plans represent a nutritious diet at four different cost levels. The nutritional bases of the Food Plans are the 1997-2005 Dietary Reference Intakes, 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and 2005 MyPyramid food intake recommendations. In addition to cost, differences among plans are in specific foods and quantities of foods. Another basis of the Food Plans is that all meals and snacks are prepared at home. For specific foods and quantities of foods in the Food Plans, see Thrifty Food Plan, 2006 (2007) and The Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans, 2007 (2007). All four Food Plans are based on 2001-02 data and updated to current dollars by using the Consumer Price Index for specific food items

Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics
School Lunch Eligible Non-Participants

The School Lunch Eligible Non-Participants Study, conducted for USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), was designed to determine "why children eligible to participate for free and reduced-price meals do not apply or participate" in school nutrition programs (P.L. 101-624).

Resource | Notice
WIC: Food Funding Formula Rule

This final rule amends regulations governing funding and funds allocation procedures for the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in order to simplify and update the funding process in anticipation of a fully funded program.

Resource | Research | Cost Study
School Lunch and Breakfast Cost Study

The study examined the costs charged to SFAs (reported costs), as well as those costs incurred by the school district in support of SFA operations, but not charged to the SFA (unreported costs). Together, the reported costs and the unreported costs are the full cost of meal production.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
EFT Commercial Infrastructures and Implications for EBT

The report assesses the existing commercial infrastructure of on-line Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) in the context of multi-state, multi-program EBT. The findings are based on interviews of respondents involved with the EFT commercial infrastructure.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Food Stamp Program: Disqualification Penalties for Intentional Program Violations

FNS is proposing to amend Food Stamp Program regulations by increasing the disqualification penalties for individuals who are found guilty in a Federal, State or local court of trading or receiving food stamp coupons (coupons) for firearms, ammunition, explosives or controlled substances.

Resource | Notice
CACFP: National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home Food Service Payment Rates and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsors of Day Care Homes (July 1, 1994 - June 30, 1995)

This notice announces the annual adjustments to the national average payment rates for meals served in child care, outside-school- hours care and adult day care centers, the food service payment rates for meals served in day care homes, and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsors of day care homes to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Resource | Notice
Accommodation of Cultural Food Preferences in the WIC Program

Recently, cultural food preferences among participants in the WIC Program have received considerable attention. There has been concern expressed that some WIC participants may not take full advantage of Program benefits (e.g., the food packages and nutrition education) for cultural reasons. In this Notice, the Department is soliciting public comments regarding the issues surrounding the accommodation of cultural food preferences in the WIC Program.