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USDA School Program Memos

For a complete listing of School Program Memos issued by the USDA, please visit the USDA's School Meals Policy site.
Year Number Subject
2015 SP-42-2015 Service of Traditional Foods in Public Facilities
2015 SP-41-2015 Updated Offer versus Serve Guidance for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Effective Beginning School Year 2015-2016
2015 SP-40-2015 2015 Edition of Eligibility Manual for School Meals
2015 Sp-39-2015 Questions & Answers on the Final Rule "Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010"
2015 SP-38-2015 Mid-Year Elections under the Community Eligibility Provision in School Year 2015-16
2015 SP-37-2015 2015 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option
2015 SP-36-2015 Voluntary Menu Labeling in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program
2015 SP-35-2015 Community Eligibility Provision: Revised Department of Education Title 1 Guidance
2015 SP-33-2015 Revised Prototype Free and Reduced Price Application Materials: Policy Changes and Design Overview
2015 SP-32-2015 Statements Supporting Accommodations for Children with Disabilities in the Child Nutrition Programs
2015 SP-31-2015 Guidance on Prohibition of Separation by Gender during Child Nutrition Program Meal Service
2015 SP-25-2015 Extension of the Deadline for Local Educational Agencies to Elect the Community Eligibility Provision for School Year 2015-16
2015 SP-23-2015 Release of the FNS-828 Paid Lunch Price Data for School Years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014
2015 SP-23-2014v.3 Questions and Answers Related to the "Smart Snacks" Interim Final Rule
2015 SP-20-2015 Requests for Exemption from the School Meals’ Whole Grain-Rich Requirement for School Years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016
2015 SP-19-2015 Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for School Years 2015-16 and 2016-17
2015 SP-16-2015 Community Eligibility Provision: Guidance and Updated Q&As
2015 SP-11-2015 CN Labels Copied with a Watermark
2015 SP-10-2015 Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs
2015 SP-10-2014 (v.3) Smoothies Offered in Child Nutrition Programs-Revised
2015 SP-10-2012(v.9) Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs"
2015 SP-09-2015 Written Codes of Conduct and Performance of Employees Engaged in Award and Administration of Contracts
2015 SP-08-2015 Updated E-Rate Guidance for Schools Electing Community Eligibility
2015 SP-07-2015 Assessing Proposed Nutrition Education Costs in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program
2015 SP-06-2015 Farm to School and School Garden Expenses
2015 SP-03-2015 - Revised Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2015-2016 Calculations
2015 SP-02-2015 Online Fees in the School Meal Programs
2014 SP-66-2014 Information and Guidance on the Domestic Beef Market
2014 SP-65-2014 Instructions for Reporting State Administrative Funds for Implementing the New Meal Patterns
2014 SP-64-2014 Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative
2014 SP-63-2014 Smart Snacks Standards for Exempt Foods when Paired Together
2014 SP-59-2014 Implementation of Smart Snacks in School: State Agency Fundraiser Elections and Exemptions
2014 SP-58-2014 2014 Edition of Eligibility Manual for School Meals
2014 SP-53-2014 Transition of Foods and Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value to Smart Snacks in School Standards
2014 SP-51-2014 Eligibility Effective Date for Directly Certified Students
2014 SP-50-2014 Extension of the Deadline for Local Educational Agencies to Submit Applications to Elect the Community Eligibility Provision
2014 SP-47-2014 (v.2) Flexibility for Whole Grain-Rich Pasta in School Years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Questions and Answers Attached - REVISED
2014 SP-47-2014 Flexibility for Whole Grain-Rich Pasta in School Years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016
2014 SP-44-2014 Questions and Answers Related to the Independent Review of Applications
2014 SP-43-2014 Questions & Answers on the School Breakfast Program Meal Pattern in School Year 2014-2015
2014 SP-41-2014 Clarification of the Policy on Food Consumption Outside of Foodservice Area, and the Whole Grain-Rich Requirement
2014 SP-40-2014 Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Culinary Education Programs
2014 SP-39-2014 2014 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option
2014 SP-36-2014 Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Exempt Fundraisers
2014 SP-35-2014 Grain Entrees Related to the Smart Snacks in School Standards
2014 SP-29-2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act Report Language on Waivers for School Breakfast and Smart Snacks
2014 SP-28-2014 Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for School Year 2014-15
2014 SP-26-2014 New Questions and Answers Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program
2014 SP-23-2014 (v.2) Questions and Answers Related to the "Smart Snacks" Interim Final Rule - Revised
2014 SP-23-2014 Questions and Answers Related to the "Smart Snack" Interim Final Rule
2014 SP-21-2014 Community Eligibility Provision: Guidance and Q&As
2014 SP-17-2014 Discretionary Elimination of Reduced Price Charges in the School Meal Programs
2014 SP-15-2014 Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2014-2015 Calculations and Tool
2014 SP-13-2014 School Food Service Account Revenue from the Sale of Non-Program Foods
2014 SP-11-2014 Effective Date of Free or Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Determinations
2014 SP-10-2014 (v.2) Smoothies Offered in Child Nutrition Programs
2014 SP-10-2014 Smoothies Offered in Child Nutrition Programs (This memorandum supersedes SP 36-2012 - published July 11, 2012)
2014 SP-10-2012v8s Questions & Answers on the Final Rule, “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs”
2014 SP-01-2014 Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2014-2015 Calculations
2014 SP 47-2014 Flexibility for Whole Grain-Rich Pasta in School Years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016
2013 SP-19-2013 Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2012-2013 Calculations
2013 SP-16-2013 Revised Meat/Meat Alternates and Milk Charts in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs
2013 SP-11-2013 REVISED FNS Guidance to School Food Authorities: Flexibility in the Meat/Meat Alternate and Grain Maximums for School Year 2012-2013
2013 SP-03-2013 Procurement Geographic Preference Q&As - Part II
2013 SP-01-2013 Federal Small Purchase Threshold Adjustment
2013 SP 58-2013 Paid Lunch Equity: Additional Guidance for School Year (SY) 2013-2014
2013 SP 57-2013 Questions and Answers Regarding the Use of State Administrative Expense (SAE) Funds and SAE Reallocation Funds in the Food Distribution Program for Child Nutrition Programs
2013 SP 56-2013 Collaboration with State School Business Officials on New Administrative Review Section: Resource Management
2013 SP 55-2013 Questions and Answers Related to 6 Cent Certification during School Year 2013-2014
2013 SP 52-2013 Child Nutrition Database Release 17
2013 SP 51-2013 Certification and Administrative Reviews in School Year 2013-2014
2013 SP 49-2013 Frozen Fruit Products in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs in School Year 2014-2015
2013 SP 48-2013 Extending Flexibility for RCCIs in the National School Lunch Program
2013 SP 45-2013 Updated Offer versus Serve Guidance for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program in School Year 2013-2014
2013 SP 41-2013 Release of the FNS-828 Paid Lunch Price Data for School Year 2011-2012
2013 SP 40-2013 Questions and Answers Regarding the Participation of Head Start Programs in Child Nutrition Programs
2013 SP 37-2013 Enhancing the School Food Safety Program: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
2013 SP 36-2013 Guidance Related to the ADA Amendments Act
2013 SP 35-2013 State Agency Oversight and Monitoring of School Food Authority Contracts with Food Service Management Companies
2013 SP 32-2013 2013 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option
2013 SP 32-2013 2013 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option
2013 SP 31-2013 Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Program
2013 SP 28-2013 Questions & Answers on the School Breakfast Program Meal Pattern in School Year 2013-14
2013 SP 26-2013 Extending Flexibility in the Meat/Meat Alternate and Grains Maximums for School Year 2013-14
2013 SP 25-2013 Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2013-2014 Calculations and Tool Paid Lunch Equity Tool 2013-14
2013 SP 24-2013 Revised SP 24-2013, SFSP 10-2013 Demonstration Project for Non-Congregate Feeding for Outdoor Summer Feeding Sites Experiencing Excessive Heat Revised Q&A's
2013 SP 23-2013 Guidance Reaffirming the Requirement that State agencies and School Food Authorities Periodically Review Food Service Management Company Cost Reimbursable Contracts and Contracts Associated with USDA Foods
2013 Review of Provision 2/3 Base Year SP 59- 2013
2013 Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for SY 2013-2014 Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for SY 2013-2014
2012 SP-47-2012 Further USDA Information on Central Valley Meat Investigation
2012 SP-46-2012 Revised Edition of Eligibility Manual for School Meals
2012 SP-44-2012 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Questions and Answers Related to the 6 Cents Certification Tool REVISED 9/12/2012
2012 SP-44-2012 Preventing Overt Identification of Children Certified for Free or Reduced Price School Meals
2012 SP-43-2012 USDA Information on Central Valley Meat Investigation
2012 SP-42-2012 Application and Other Household Materials for Limited English Proficient Households - Reminder
2012 SP-40-2012 Certification of Compliance with New Meal Patterns - Validation Review Checklists
2012 SP-39-2012 Existing Inventory of USDA Foods and Commercial Products
2012 SP-38-2012 Residential Child Care Institutions exception for safety if serving Multiple Age/Grade Groups
2012 SP-37-2012 Separation of Vegetables/Fruit in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs REVISED 01/18/2013
2012 SP-36-2012 Smoothies Offered in Child Nutrition Programs
2012 SP-34-2012 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Certification of Compliance with New Meal Patterns
2012 SP-33-2012 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Fees in FSMC Contracts
2012 SP-32-2012 Prohibition of Separation by Gender During the Child Nutrition Program Meal Service -- Replaced by SP-31-2015
2012 SP-31-2012 Questions and Answers Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program
2012 SP-30-2012 Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program
2012 SP-26-2012 Formulated Grain Fruit Products
2012 SP-25-2012 Disaster Response
2012 SP-22-2012 Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2012-2013 Calcluation and Tool
2012 SP-20-2012 Frozen Fruit and Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Lunch Programs REVISED 9/11/2012
2012 SP-19-2012 Soliciting Bids from Commercial Distributors for End Products
2012 SP-17-2012 Procurement Questions and Answers to Assist in the Implementation of the final rule titled Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
2012 SP-16-2012 Crediting Tofu and Soy Yogurt Products
2012 SP-15-2012 Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2012-2013 Calculations
2012 SP-14-2012 Procurement Questions Relavant to the Buy American Provision
2012 SP-13-2012 Verification For Cause in the School Meal Programs
2012 SP-11-2012 Guidance on the Food Donation Program in the Child Nutrition Programs
2012 SP-10-2012 Questions & Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs" REVISED 8/07/2013
2012 SP-02-2013 Corn Masa (Dough) for Use in Tortilla Chips, Taco Shells and Tamales
2012 SP-02-2012 Verification and Reporting of Foster Children **This memo has been slightly modified to match terms used in Missouri and the numbering system on the Verification Report.
2012 SP-01-2012 Rural Development's Community Facilities Program