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

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

To: 
School Food Service Directors/Managers
From: 
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Date: 
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Subject: 
Comments on Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Final Rule
On February 7, 2022, USDA published the Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Final Rule. This rule provides schools and their industry partners with the certainty they need for the next two school years, while we work collaboratively on permanent standards that will build on the progress that has been made over the past decade. USDA is inviting comments on this final rule to provide insight as we work towards developing permanent, science-based meal standards for the long-term.  

Comments can be submitted in writing by one of the following methods: 

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/document/FNS-2020-0038-2936 and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Mail: Send comments to Tina Namian, Chief, School Programs Branch, Policy and Program Development Division—4th Floor, Food and Nutrition Service, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314 
Comments must be submitted by March 24, 2022

For more information about the Transitional Standards, please visit:  

You can read the Final Rule through the following links:

Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-02327

PDF: Child Nutrition Programs: Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium

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: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, 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:
    program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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