THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
Section 301 of the The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), Public Law 111-296 amends section 9(d)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(d) (1)) by removing the requirement that the adult household member who signs a household application for free and reduced-price meals also must provide his or her complete Social Security Number (SSN), as a condition of eligibility. As amended by the Act, Section 9(d)(1) now requires that only the last four digits of the SSN must be provided on the application. The Act also removes the requirement that the SSN of each household member be collected to verify applications. The new requirements increase privacy protections.
Because Section 301 of the Act became effective on October 1, 2010, all household applications and supporting materials must be updated to reflect these requirements as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2011. We understand that your local educational agency (LEA)/or institution is not able to print all new materials for immediate use.
We will provide updated prototype applications and supporting materials for all Child Nutrition Programs in the near future.
Questions should be directed to Barbara St. Louis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-474-3956.