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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

School Food Service Directors/Managers
Frances N. O'Donnell, Coordinator
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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.

Under section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, an additional reimbursement of 6 cents per lunch is available for school food authorities certified to be in compliance with the new school meal patterns.  The 6 cents certification tool will be used to certify school food authorities to receive the 6 cents performance-based reimbursement.  The attached Questions and Answers reflect questions USDA has received and provides additional information on using the tool. 

Do not hesitate to contact this office at 518-473-8781 for additional information.



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