On November 12, 2013 the USDA released nine memos on the summer meals programs on topics such as: Sponsors Operating in Multiple States, Mobile Feeding Options, Census Data Release, Promoting Nutrition in Summer Meals, Use of School and Census Data, Available Flexibilities, Expanding Awareness, Meal Service Requirements, and a Q and A document. Click here to access the memos. USDA worked hard to have this guidance released in a timely fashion as districts are planning summer meals now. These memos preceded a Summit on Summer Meals hosted by Share Our Strength November 13 – 14th. SNA assisted Share Our Strength throughout the planning of this summit targeted for state agencies and provided suggestions for speakers.
USDA Administrator, Audrey Rowe, recently announced a reorganization of Special Nutrition Programs into two new organizations, each headed by a Deputy Administrator, the Office of the Deputy Administrator for Child Nutrition Programs and Office of the Deputy Administrator for Supplemental Nutrition and Safety Programs. Cindy Long has been appointed as the Deputy Administrator for Child Nutrition (CN) Programs which took effect Sunday, November 17, 2013. We offer sincere congratulations on her well-deserved promotion and are eager to continue to work with Cindy in her new position!
November 6, 2013 – SNA has updated the State Meal Mandates and Reimbursements for School Year 2013-2014! The report summarizes, to the best of SNA’s knowledge, the current meal mandates for each state as well as any additional per-meal reimbursements or additional funding support. Included in this year’s report is a reference chart for a brief overview of the current policies across the United States. The report can be found by clicking here or by visiting the Legislative Action Page of the SNA website.
November 4, 2013 – A proposed rule was released to amend the eligibility regulations for free and reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to codify the statutory provision that establishes the community eligibility provision, a reimbursement option for eligible local educational agencies and schools that wish to offer free school meals to all children in high poverty schools without collecting household applications. This proposed rule reflects statutory requirements that were implemented through policy guidance following enactment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). Implementation of this proposed rule would align the regulations with the statutory provision that establishes administrative and operational requirements for State agencies, local educational agencies, and schools. To be assured of consideration, comments on this proposed rule must be received by January 3, 2014. SNA is reviewing this rule to determine an appropriate response. Click here to read the rule in its entirety.
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