Resource | Notices
Summer Food Service Program; 2011 Reimbursement Rates

This notice informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. These adjustments address changes in the Consumer Price Index, as required under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The 2011 reimbursement rates are presented as a combined set of rates to highlight simplified cost accounting procedures that are extended nationwide by enactment of the Fiscal Year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The 2011 rates are also presented individually, as separate operating and administrative rates of reimbursement, to show the effect of the Consumer Price Index adjustment on each rate.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Evaluation - Peer Review Plan

Assesses the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, expanded across the nation by the FCEA, to determine whether children (a) experienced, as a result of participating in the program, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and (b) made other dietary changes, such as decreased consumption of less nutritious foods.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Translation Chart - Pecks to Pounds
Resource | Technical Assistance
National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) Farm to School and Farm to Child Care Resources

The resources listed  were funded and developed through USDA grants and cooperative agreements. These resources offer extensive information on food safety and school gardens.  Several of these resources provide hands-on activities for children. 

Resource | Forms
Partnership Agreement Form

Partnership Agreement Form

Resource | Policy Memos | SFSP06-2012
Serving Additional Foods in the Summer Food Service Program

This memorandum provides guidance to State agencies on the allowable use of Program funds for additional foods served in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Resource | Legislation
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act

Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act

Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program State Implementation Progress, School Year 2010-2011 Report to Congress

This report responds to the requirement of Public Law 110-246 to assess the effectiveness of State and local efforts to directly certify children for free school meals. Under direct certification, children are determined eligible for free school meals without the need for household applications by using data from other means-tested programs. The 2004 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act required local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish systems to directly certify children from households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by School Year (SY) 2008-2009. In SY 2010-2011, 85 percent of LEAs directly certified some children from SNAP-recipient households. These LEAs enroll 97 percent of all students in NSLP schools. States and LEAs directly certified 1.9 million more children at the start of SY 2010-2011 than they did a year earlier. The share of SNAP participant children directly certified for free school meals increased to an estimated 78 percent in SY 2010-2011, up from 72 percent in SY 2009-2010.

Resource | Policy Memos | CACFP03 SFSP05-2012
Simplifying Application Procedures in the Summer Food Service Program

The purpose of this memo is to clarify the simplified application procedures currently available to experienced Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors and sites in good standing and to describe simplified application procedures now available to experienced Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) institutions in good standing who wish to apply for participation in SFSP.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As
Request for Applications to Participate in Demonstration Projects to Evaluate Direct Certification with Medicaid Questions and Answers

Request for Applications to Participate in Demonstration Projects to Evaluate Direct Certification with Medicaid