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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

School Food Service Directors/Managers
Kimberly Vumbaco, Director, Child Nutrition Program Administration
Monday, August 29, 2022
Child Nutrition Return to School Resources

Original memo with signature can be found at

When schools open this fall, school meal programs must return to pre-pandemic operations. This means that many districts will transition back to requiring family applications for free and reduced-price meals. Students who are not income eligible will be required to pay for meals at the paid price.

To support districts in this transition, the New York State Education Department’s Child Nutrition Office has compiled resources and strategies to help districts navigate the return to standard operations, communicate with families, and improve the reach of school meals programs:

  • This at-a-glance comparison chart provides an overview of how specific program flexibilities have changed since last school year, and what flexibilities are available for the upcoming school year to support program operations.
  • Schools can utilize this prototype letter to families to communicate about the return to standard school meal counting and claiming requirements.

We look forward to collaborating and working closely with you over the upcoming school year to ensure you have every resource necessary to continue the important task of feeding New York’s schoolchildren. Contact your Child Nutrition Program Representative or the Child Nutrition Office at 518-473-8781 or at for additional guidance.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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