National School Lunch Program
Vermont currently has very low registration numbers for several of their in-person Child Nutrition Summer Institute classes being offered by Institute for Child Nutrition (ICN) trainers. They need to have minimum numbers for the ICN trainers to travel to Vermont, so they are opening these classes up to attendees from neighboring states to fill up the classes. All sessions are free and will be held in Montpelier, Vermont. These sessions count towards USDA’s annual professional standards training requirements for the school nutrition programs. To reserve a spot in any of these sessions, p
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.
On June 25th, 2022, President Biden signed the Keep Kids Fed Act, which extended USDA authority to waive certain requirements for Child Nutrition Programs to address COVID-19. This gave USDA extra resources to continue serving participants of the Child Nutrition Programs through the SY 2022-2023. These flexibilities (along with some waivers that were offered using USDA’s 12(l) National School Lunch Act waiver authority) are set to expire on June 30th, 2023. These flexibilities allowed for children and adult participants to continue to be fed in a safe manner during the pandemic.
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
1. Who can participate in CEP?
To participate in CEP, at least 40% of enrolled students must be certified for free meals without an application. An entire School Food Authority (SFA), individual school building/Recipient Agency (RA), or group of RAs within an SFA can participate in CEP. SFAs should determine how to implement CEP to maximize the benefits to the most students.
The following is an advance notification from USDA for an additional round of Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) Funds. This memo will be replaced with the formal announcement when it is released by USDA.
State agencies and school meal program operators are reminded that Sodium Target 1A, as promulgated by the Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains and Sodium - Final Rule, goes into effect on July 1, 2023, in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) only. There will be no change to sodium limits for breakfasts served through the School Breakfast Program (SBP).