School Breakfast Program
Use of the Pre-payment Systems in the Child Nutrition Programs
The use of prepayment systems is growing increasingly popular. As more and more schools are providing this service, questions have again risen as to if and when it can be used. Consequently, I have revised the December 2005 memo on the subject to address new concerns. The systems are marketed to appeal to parents by offering the convenience of payments for school meals through on-line use of credit cards.
Submission of Free and Reduced Price Applications By All Households
With increasing frequency, school officials are requiring the submission of a free and reduced price meal application from all households with children enrolled in their school regardless of whether the household wishes to make application for free or reduced price meal benefits.
Scanned Applications Including Record Retention
As more school food authorities are opting to use software programs to scan income eligibility applications, we have had conversations regarding their usage. Accordingly, we have adapted the following policies:
Eligibility of Minors Participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast in Correctional Facilities with Amendment of Correction Law
The New York State Correctional Law §500-b was amended on March 31, 2014 to change the minimum age classification in local correctional facilities in order to make NYS Correction Law consistent with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Inmates under the age of eighteen must be separately housed from those inmates eighteen years of age and older.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Privacy Protection and the Use of Social Security Numbers in Child Nutrition
Section 301 of the The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), Public Law 111-296 amends section 9(d)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(d) (1)) by removing the requirement that the adult household member who signs a household application for free and reduced-price meals also must provide his or her complete Social Security Number (SSN), as a condition of eligibility. As amended by the Act, Section 9(d)(1) now requires that only the last four digits of the SSN must be provided on the application.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Revised Questions and Answers Related to the 6 Cents Certification Tool
Attached are Revised Questions and Answers related to the Food and Nutrition Service prototype 6 Cents Certification Tool. Please note that the only revision made to the Q&As is in question 14. USDA has received several questions about this Q&A and has added information to make a more complete answer.
Updated Information-6 Cents Certification Clarification
Menus must be in compliance with all meal pattern requirements regardless of the number of serving lines in the cafeteria. Minimum and maximum ranges for grains, meat/meat alternates and calories must be met by all food items on the menu for the entire cafeteria. Each physical serving line must also be in compliance with the minimum and maximum ranges.
Changes regarding The School Breakfast Program (SBP)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued the updated Questions and Answers and Offer Versus Serve (OVS) Guidance Manual on June 14, 2013. The following provides a brief overview of the changes outlined in those documents.
At breakfast, schools must offer all three required food components in at least the minimum required amounts. The components are: grains (with the optional meats/meat alternates); juice/fruit/vegetable; and milk.
Meals Served on the School Bus
Local Education Agencies (LEAs) participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs should be aware that there is no federal or State regulation prohibiting students from having food or eating on the school bus. This prohibition only applies to bus drivers. The policy allowing or not allowing students to eat and drink on the bus is decided at the local level.
The issue of handling leftover food in school kitchens has been brought to our attention. In some instances there seems to be confusion about the proper procedures related to leftover food.