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School Breakfast Program

Comment Period Extended for the CNP: Revision to Meal Patterns Proposed Rule

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has extended the deadline to submit comments on the “Child Nutrition Programs: Revision to Meal Patterns Consistent with the 2020 Dietary Guideline for Americans” proposed rule to May 10, 2023. This extension is intended to give the public additional time to review the proposed rule and submit comments.

State-level Waiver Requests

The New York State Education Department has requested State-level waiver authority from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve the following operational flexibilities that may be needed to provide meals to students required to learn virtually due to an unanticipated school closure during the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. Once authorized, SED will provide guidance to school food authorities on requesting and using these waivers.
  • Non-Congregate Meal Service [NSLA, 42 U.S.C. 1753(b)(1)(A) and Child Nutrition Act, 42 U.S.C. 1773(b)(1)(A)]

National School Breakfast Week

Join us in celebrating National School Breakfast Week!

National School Breakfast Week celebrates the importance of starting the school day with a healthy meal! From March 6-10, 2023, schools are encouraged to recognize the importance of a nutritious breakfast for all students. This year’s theme is “Dig into School Breakfast”.

If you are planning to participate, let us know! Email or call a Special Teams representative to feature your SFA in our Child Nutrition Spotlight!

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.

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.

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.


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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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