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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
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator; Meg McNiff, Coordinator Office of Early Learning
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Half Day Pre-K/Kindergarten Scheduled Meal Service

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We have received many questions regarding whether or not students that are in half day Pre-K or Kindergarten must have access to meals during their scheduled classroom instruction.

Schools that are participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program(SBP) must follow Federal Regulations Parts 210 and 220 which state “in general, school food authorities must make program benefits available during meal service periods to all children attending participating schools…While a school may have legitimate problems accommodating all students within a given time or space, it is improper to arbitrarily deny a certain segment of the student body access to the lunch program. However, there is no requirement to provide lunch to partial day students (e.g. pre-school, kindergarten, half day high school students) who are not scheduled to be in school during lunch hours”.

Therefore, if you are participating in the NSLP and/or SBP, all students that are present during scheduled breakfast or lunch periods must have access to the SBP or NSLP. For more information on participation in the NSLP and/or SBP please contact a child nutrition representative at 518-473-8781 or at

If you are not participating in the NSLP and/or SBP and are operating a State-funded prekindergarten program, you must provide meals and/or snacks in accordance with the provisions of Section 151-1(3)(c) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. This section provides that prekindergarten programs that operate for less than three hours must provide a nutritional meal and/or snack. Programs operating more than three hours must provide appropriate meals and snacks to ensure that the nutritional needs of the children are met.

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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