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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
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Thursday, June 29, 2023
SY 2022-2023 Direct Certification (DC) Data Unavailable Beginning 7/15/2023

As of July 15th, School Food Authorities (SFAs) will no longer have access to SY 2022-2023 direct certification (DC) data within the New York State Student Identification System (NYSSIS) so that SY 2023-2024 data can be loaded and made available. All SFAs are encouraged to conduct a final match of directly certified students for SY 2022-2023 before July 15th.

SFA’s Applying to Participate in Community Eligibility Provision for the 2023-2024 School Year

The deadline to apply for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for SY 2023-2024 has been extended to August 31, 2023. Those intending to apply for CEP must conduct DC matching on their April 1, 2023 enrollment prior to July 15th in order to use the correct school year data on the CEP application.

Future Changes to CEP Eligibility

USDA is expected to finalize rules to lower the eligibility criteria for CEP participation. Absent this rule and additional guidance from USDA, it is not known what process or procedures will be used to establish CEP participation after the August 31st deadline.  Therefore, SFAs should retain DC data from SY 2022-2023 in the event that data is needed in the future.

Please reach out to your Child Nutrition Program Representative at 518-473-8781 or by email with any questions.

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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