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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: 
School Food Service Directors/Managers
From: 
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator
Date: 
Friday, July 14, 2017
Subject: 
Requests for Low-Fat (1%) Flavored Milk Allowance for School Year 2017-2018

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a proclamation announcing several menu planning flexibilities that underscore USDA’s commitment to assisting schools in serving healthy and appealing school meals. In addition, on May 5, 2017, Congress enacted the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31; the Appropriations Act), Section 747 (c) provides flexibilities to allow State Agencies who administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) and as a competitive food available for sale on campus during the school day to grant an exemption allowing the service of low-fat (1-percent milk fat) flavored milk, in SY 2017-2018, to a School Food Authority (SFA) that demonstrates a reduction in student milk consumption or an increase in school milk waste. The provision requires that SFAs that are approved for a low-fat flavored milk allowance must continue, at a minimum, to offer at least two varieties of milk in compliance with the requirements under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

The New York State Education Department, Child Nutrition Program Administration will approve an SFA’s allowance request for low-fat (1-percent milk fat) flavored milk if the SFA can demonstrate that a reduction in student milk consumption or an increase in school milk waste has occurred. SFAs that receive an allowance will be considered compliant with milk requirements during an Administrative review if the milk offerings are consistent with the exemption granted by the State agency and at least two varieties of milk are offered.

SFAs must indicate the hardship(s) incurred in serving fat-free flavored milk and provide a written justification or supporting documentation (e.g., production records, meal count records, etc.) to demonstrate that a reduction in student milk consumption or an increase in school milk waste has occurred. Please submit the Low-Fat (1%) Flavored Milk Allowance Request Form to the Child Nutrition Administration office.  If further documentation is to be submitted for justification, send it via email to cn@nysed.gov. SFAs will receive an email indicating that their allowance request has been approved.

Hardships may include but are not limited to:

  • A significant decrease in milk sales since implementation of the current meal patterns
  • Declining milk sales despite offering alternative products and brands
  • A food waste study indicating significant waste of fluid milk
  • Significant negative feedback from students and parents regarding lack of availability of low-fat, flavored milk
  • Significant negative feedback from students regarding the palatability of fat-free, flavored milk
  • Other- The SFA provides an explanation of the hardship incurred prompting them to seek an allowance to serve low-fat flavored milk.

For more information on requests for low-fat flavored milk allowances, please contact a child nutrition representative at 518-473-8781.

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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