USDA Releases Proposed Rules on School and Summer Meal Flexibilities


USDA has released proposed regulations to provide additional flexibilities for school meal and summer meal programs. US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the proposed rules today during a school nutrition roundtable.

The Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs proposed rule addresses a wide variety of topics, including changes to the Administrative Review cycle and increased flexibility on vegetable subgroups, age/grade groups, breakfast and competitive food rules. Visit the USDA website for their fact sheet on the school meal rule.

The Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program proposed rule covers a variety of operational and monitoring requirements. Visit the USDA website for their fact sheet on the summer meal rule.

SNA is reviewing the details of these lengthy proposed rules and will collect member feedback as it prepares the Association’s official comments to USDA prior to the 60-day submission deadline. Stay tuned to for a summary of the rules and further updates.

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