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National School Lunch Program

OVS Posters and Tip Sheets

Now Available through USDA! 

Offer versus Serve (OVS) National School Lunch Program Posters and Lunch and Breakfast OVS Tip sheets!  

The Offer versus Serve (OVS) Lunch Posters for elementary, middle and high school students may be used as signage to instruct students to select a reimbursable meal under OVS.  The OVS tip sheets are intended for use by school foodservice staff to enhance their understanding of OVS requirements at breakfast and lunch.

Final Rule: Child Nutrition Program Flexibilities

This final rule increases flexibility in the Child Nutrition Program requirements related to milk, grains, and sodium effective SY 2019-2020, which begins July 1, 2019.  The purpose of this rule is to ease operational burden and provide school nutrition professionals the flexibility needed to successfully operate the Child Nutrition Programs. This final rule makes the following changes beginning in SY 2019-2020:

Increase in State Reimbursement for Reduced-Price Meals

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program of an increase in State reimbursement for meals and snacks claimed in the reduced-price category effective July 1, 2019.

The increase in State reimbursement for reduced-price meals and snacks is a result of additional funding approved in the 2019 New York State budget that is intended to cover the student cost of 25 cents for breakfast and lunch meals and the student cost of 15 cents for snacks served in the Afterschool Snack Program.

** AdvancePierre® Foods Product Recall Information**

Please be aware of a Class II recall which included distribution to school districts for school meals.

AdvancePierre® Foods is voluntarily recalling 20,373 pounds of Tenderbroil Patties CN Fully cooked Flamebroiled Beef Patties. The recall is limited to foodservice customers.

The product was produced at one plant location on November 30, 2018. Each 14.06-pound case contains three bags with 30 pieces each, and bears the establishment code 2260E, a date code of EN83340303 and case code 155-525-0.

NYS Farm to School Institute - Applications Due April 12th

Join Farm to Institution New York State in the first annual New York State Farm to School Institute. The NYS Farm to School Institute is a year long school planning and professional development opportunity for school teams (5-7 members) from New York State. The Institute starts off with a three day retreat at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY from August 12-14, 2019.

To apply, go to the website ( and submit an application online by April 12, 2019 by 5pm ET.

2019-2020 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for School Food Authorities

Please click on the following links for information about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Due to limited funds, and the large number of high need schools in New York State, we will only be able to award monies to those SFAs that submit applications by the due date and have the highest percentage of eligible students enrolled. We will award starting with 100% eligibility and continue down until funds are depleted.

2019-20 FFVP Guidance Manual


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
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