National School Lunch Program
Original memo dated October 26, 2020. Updates are indicated by double asterisks (**).
Original memo dated October 13, 2020. Updates are indicated by double asterisks (**).
The New York State Education Department (SED) has elected the use of the Nationwide waiver flexibilities provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year:
SED is now accepting applications for participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) during the 2020-2021 school year until December 31, 2020 to the extent that federal and state funding allows. This is for new sponsors who have not been approved to operate the SFSP. The deadline to submit an application is October 31, 2020. To request an application, please fill out this SFSP Application Request Form here.
Ensuring Access to Meals
In accordance with 7CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) § 210.14, 220.7, and 225.15 all School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Summer Food Service Program are required to account for all revenues and expenditures of their nonprofit food service.
As instructed by the New York State Division of Budget (DOB), the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will be reducing some Child Nutrition reimbursement claims by 20%. The DOB directive affects State reimbursement payments only. Federal reimbursement payments will remain at 100%.
To identify a reduced claim, please refer to the Invoice Number of the payment.
Adult Selling Prices
- Schools that receive regular reimbursement for breakfast must charge a minimum of $2.00 plus tax for an adult breakfast meal
- Schools that receive severe need reimbursement for breakfast must charge a minimum of $2.37 plus tax for an adult breakfast meal
- Schools that receive under 60% ($3.5699) for lunch must charge a minimum of $3.94 plus tax for an adult lunch
The New York State Education Department is requesting a waiver from the USDA requirements that schools must make water available and accessible to children during the meal services as this would pose a significant challenge given the current circumstances of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
This waiver has not been approved at this time. Further guidance will be made available upon approval.