Beginning Verification before October 1: Guidance to Local Educational Agencies

Last Published: 09/13/2017

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance to State agencies and local educational agencies (LEAs) on the option to begin verification activities before October 1.

Section 9(b)(3)(D) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA), 42 USC 1758(b)(3)(D), and regulations at 7 CFR 245.6a(c)(1) require LEAs to verify a sample of approved applications for free and reduced price meals each school year. Verification is not required when eligibility is determined through direct certification in accordance with program provisions in Section 9(b)(4) and (5) of the NSLA, 42 USC 1758(b)(4) and (5), and regulations at 7 CFR 245.6(b).

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