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National School Lunch Program

Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program

The New York State Education Department (SED) has entered into a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), to administer the Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS).

Through the LFS, SED has been allocated $11,891,161 in total funding to subaward to eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) for the purchase of unprocessed or minimally processed domestic, locally grown foods from local producers, small businesses, and socially disadvantaged farmers/producers.

Student Meal Prices and School Food Service Funds

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided operational flexibilities and additional funding to School Food Authorities (SFAs) to help overcome challenges and ensure children have continued access to meals. As a result, many SFAs now have a substantial positive balance in their school food service accounts, some in excess of the maximum balance allowed by federal regulations. This memo provides guidance to SFAs on current flexibilities and acceptable uses of the school food service account funds.

October & November SED Training Series

The New York State Education Department (SED), Office of Child Nutrition Program Administration, will host a series of live webinars in October and November to cover the following topics:

October 6- Income Verification (Part 2)

October 27- Administrative Review Process

November 3- Process for Submitting the Cash Analysis for Non-public and Charter Schools

November 10- Procurement

Celebrating Child Nutrition Programs in October

October is an exciting month for Child Nutrition Programs! 

October is National Farm to School Month and the week of October 10th-14th is National School Lunch Week with the theme Peace, Love & School Lunch!

Also during October is the Big Apple Crunch Event where we come together to foster farm-to-school connections and celebrate the locally grown apple harvest. SED will be participating in the Big Apple Crunch on October 13th and hopes that your SFA celebrates the event too.

Free and Reduced-Price Policy Statement Collection

In accordance with 7 CFR 245.10, each School Food Authority (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and/or the Special Milk Program with the free milk option must have an approved free and reduced-price policy statement on file with the New York State Education Department (SED) that describes the SFA’s free and reduced-price policy. All SFAs, regardless of Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2 status are required to maintain a free and reduced-price policy.

NYS Ban on PFAS in Food Packaging Law

New York State has banned the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) in food packaging, enacted under the Hazardous Packaging Act, Title II of Article 37 of the Environmental Conservation Law, which will take effect on December 31, 2022. The term package is those intended for direct food contact and comprised of paper, paperboard, or other materials derived from plant fibers and includes many items used in school foodservice such as trays, bags, sandwich wrappers, soup cups, etc.

P-EBT Grant

The United States Department of Agriculture has provided funds to reimburse School Food Authorities (SFA) for administrative costs incurred to support P-EBT during the federal fiscal year (FY) 2022. These funds are made available under Section 4601 of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act.

SFA Eligibility

All SFAs, with P-EBT eligible students, that were active in the 2021-22 school year and are currently participating in Child Nutrition Programs are eligible to receive the FY 2022 P-EBT Local Level Administrative Cost Grant.  


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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