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Child Nutrition Program Administration
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Summer Food Service Program Operators
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Thursday, March 28, 2024
Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas Q&A #2

FNS has issued a memorandum, which is the second set of questions and answers on the rural non-congregate summer meals option established through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (the Act) (P.L. 117-328), and codified through the interim final rulemaking (IFR), Implementing Provisions from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023: Establishing the Summer EBT Program and Rural Non-congregate Option in the Summer Meal Programs (88 FR 90230). The Act authorized permanent, non-congregate meal service through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program’s (NSLP) Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for rural areas with no congregate meal service.

The purpose of this memorandum is to address additional implementation topics based on feedback received by State agencies and program stakeholders. The first memorandum in this series, SFSP 07-2024, SP 13-2024, Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas Questions and Answers, February 21, 2024, updates earlier guidance originally issued for Summer 2023 operations and ensures consistency with the provisions of the IFR. The following operational topics are addressed in this guidance:
• Sponsor, site, and participant eligibility;
• Rural designations;
• State agency approval of non-congregate meal service;
• Conditional non-congregate sites;
• Parent or guardian meal pick-up;
• Meal service;
• Monitoring;
• Reporting;
• Management and administration plans (MAP); and
• General/Miscellaneous.

Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural areas Q&A #2

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