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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

Office for Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

To: 
District Superintendents, Superintendents of Schools, Chief School Officers of Nonpublic Schools, Executive Directors of Residential Child Care Institutions, School Food Service Directors/Managers, New York City Department of Education
From: 
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator
Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Subject: 
Annual Self-Review To Be Completed By February 1, 2017 and After School Care Program (Snack) Self-Review

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 continue to place responsibility for the accuracy of meal counts used for claiming purposes on the School Food Authority (SFA).  In accordance with 7 CFR 210.8 and 7 CFR 220.11, SFAs must conduct monthly edit checks, and if operating in more than one building, annual, by claim site, self-reviews.  If the Child Nutrition Program is managed by a food service management company, SFA personnel must conduct the on-site self-review as compliance with this requirement is considered an SFA responsibility.

Annual Self-Review

SFAs with more than one school must perform a minimum of one on-site self-review per building prior to February 1 of each school year to evaluate each school's counting and claiming system and the readily observable general areas of review cited under 210.18(h).  The lunch program must be monitored annually at each building.  As established in the “Administrative Reviews in the Child Nutrition Programs Final Rule”, published July 29, 2016, SFA’s must monitor the SBP at a minimum of 50% of the schools operating the SBP, with each school operating the SBP to be monitored at least once every two years.  If problems are observed regarding the accuracy of the data, the source of the counts, meal pattern violations, etc. as a result of the review, the SFA must implement corrective action.   In cases where corrective action has been identified, a second review of the site must be conducted and documented within 45 days to confirm that the corrective action taken resolved the problem(s).  Although the final rule requires a minimum of 50% of schools operating the SBP be reviewed, SED strongly encourages SFA’s to monitor their SBPs at all sites annually to ensure program compliance. 

After School Care Program (Snack) Self-Reviews

In addition, SFAs claiming snacks in the After School Care Program must conduct a review of each snack site twice per year:  the first review must be conducted during the first four weeks of snack operation; a second review must be conducted later in the school year.  All reviews must be adequately documented.

You may use either Form 1 or Form 2 (enclosed below) to perform the on-site self-review, create a form of your own, or use a narrative to document the findings of the self-review.  A prototype snack review form can be found in Form 1 or you can use Attachment A or you may create your own. Regardless of the process used, neither the review form nor the results of your self-review are to be submitted to the State Agency.  Instead, all documentation must be retained by the SFA and made available to reviewer(s) during the administrative review or any other review process.

Daily Claims Review- Monthly Responsibility

Section 210.8(a) of NSLP regulations and 220.11(d) of the SBP regulations require SFAs to establish internal controls which ensure the accuracy of meal counts prior to the submission of the monthly claim for reimbursement. At a minimum, these internal controls shall include reviewing the meal count data for each school under its jurisdiction to ensure that monthly claims include only the number of free, reduced price and paid meals served on any day of operation to children currently eligible for such meals.

Each on-site self-review should ensure that the school’s counting system, as implemented, yields the actual number of reimbursable free, reduced price and paid lunches served for each day of operation.

Required Monthly Edit Check

SFAs shall compare each school building's “daily counts of free, reduced price and paid meals against the product of the number of children currently eligible for free, reduced price, and paid meals, respectively, times the school’s attendance factor" prior to the submission of a monthly claim for reimbursement.

Each month an edit check must be conducted prior to the submission of the claim for reimbursement. An edit check is a comparison between the daily count of meals served by building and the number of attendance adjusted eligibles for free, reduced price and paid meals.  For example, if a building has an enrollment of 200, an attendance factor of 93 percent, and 100 eligible free and 25 eligible reduced price students, their lunch claim for any day should not routinely exceed 93 free (100 x .93), 23 reduced (25 x .93), and 70 paid lunches (200 - 125 free/reduced x .93).  Statistically there will be some days when counts will be higher than the attendance factor and some that will be lower.  However, average monthly counts should not exceed your adjusted eligibles without documentation to substantiate the higher counts. Explanations should be noted in your records for those days exceeding the attendance factor. 

Information regarding this edit check is not to be included when you submit your monthly claim for reimbursement.  Rather, it should be retained on file for examination by State personnel or auditors during a program review. 

If you have any questions regarding the self-review, implementing edit checks, or the enclosed forms, please contact your respective Child Nutrition Program representative at 518-473-8781.

Review Forms

Annual Self-Review Form 1 or Form 2

Afterschool Snack Program

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en:http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electrónicoprogram.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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