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National School Lunch Program

Eligibility of Minors Participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast in Correctional Facilities with Amendment of Correction Law

The New York State Correctional Law §500-b was amended on March 31, 2014 to change the minimum age classification in local correctional facilities in order to make NYS Correction Law consistent with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Inmates under the age of eighteen must be separately housed from those inmates eighteen years of age and older.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Privacy Protection and the Use of Social Security Numbers in Child Nutrition

Section 301 of the The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), Public Law 111-296  amends section 9(d)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(d) (1)) by removing the requirement that the adult household member who signs a household application for free and reduced-price meals also must provide his or her complete Social Security Number (SSN), as a condition of eligibility.  As amended by the Act, Section 9(d)(1)  now requires that only the last four digits of the SSN must be provided on the application.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Revised Questions and Answers Related to the 6 Cents Certification Tool

Attached are Revised Questions and Answers related to the Food and Nutrition Service prototype 6 Cents Certification Tool.  Please note that the only revision made to the Q&As is in question 14.  USDA has received several questions about this Q&A and has added information to make a more complete answer.

Meals Served on the School Bus

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs should be aware that there is no federal or State regulation prohibiting students from having food or eating on the school bus.  This prohibition only applies to bus drivers.  The policy allowing or not allowing students to eat and drink on the bus is decided at the local level.

Early Dismissal/Bag Lunches

This memo is to clarify the correct way to handle the meal service operation when schools encounter early dismissals.  If the school food authority (SFA) offers a breakfast program, the students would receive breakfast as usual.  If it is possible for the school to move the lunch service times so that all students have the chance to obtain lunch at school, before school is dismissed, this is a viable option.

Imitation Cheese and Cheese Products

It has come to our attention that some schools are serving and claiming inappropriate cheese items as their meat/meat alternate component. There are certain types of cheese products that are not allowable to count toward the meat/meat alternate component.

Cheese items labeled “imitation cheese” or “cheese product” are not valid types of cheese and cannot be counted as meat/meat alternates. These types of cheese items have never been creditable components in the Child Nutrition Programs.


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:
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