USDA Policy Updates

USDA Policy Memos– January 2014: Summer Food Service Program

The following summarizes recent USDA policy memos regarding the Summer Food Service Program. For exact language, please see referenced memos on the USDA's website.

Mobile Feeding Options in Summer Feeding Programs- SP 02-2014, SFSP 02-2014

  • Provides guidance on the use of mobile feeding models
  • Covers topics sponsors should consider and government funding opportunities available

Meal Service Requirements- SP 08-2014, SFSP 08-2014

  • All sponsors now have the option to allow a single item from the fruit/vegetable or grain components of the meal to be taken off site for later consumption
  • Streamlines OVS requirements to match NSLP
  • Covers serving meals to adults and the use of leftover meals

Expanding Awareness and Access to Summer Meals- SP 07-2013, SFSP 07-2013

  • Summarizes existing State agency outreach responsibilities
  • Highlights resources available to States and sponsors

Available Flexibilities for CACFP At-risk Sponsors and Centers, Transitioning to Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)- SP 06-2014, CACFP 03-2014, SFSP 06-2014

  • Summarizes existing State agency outreach responsibilities
  • Highlights resources available to States and sponsors

Use of School and Census Data- SP 05-2014, CACFP 02-2014, SFSP 05-2014

  • Data from any month during the preceding school year may establish area eligibility
  • Both may be the primary source of data

Promoting Nutrition in Summer Meals- SP 04-2014, SFSP 04-2014

  • Highlights existing policies that can assist with serving more nutritious and appealing meals

Smoothies Offered in Child Nutrition Programs - SP 10-2014, CACFP 05-2014, SFSP 10 -2014

  • Covers new regulations on the use of smoothies in child nutrition programs
  • Smoothies can now count towards the fluid milk and fruit juice
  • The addition of yogurt to smoothies may count towards the meat/meat alternate component

Demonstration Project for Non-Congregate Feeding for Outdoor Summer Feeding Sites Experiencing Excessive Heat Revised Q&As– SP 16-2014, SFSP 14-2014

  • Extends the 2013 demonstration project allowing non-congregate feeding at certain outdoor summer meal sites experiencing excessive heat to summer 2014
  • Non-congregate meal service is permitted only on days when the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Warning, or an Excessive Heat Watch that includes an outdoor SFSP area
  • To apply, interested sponsors must notify their State agency of intent to participate

Data Sharing Requirements and Opportunities

  • Child Nutrition Program (CNP) operators may share students' meal eligibility information with other CNP operators to determine eligibility for nutrition programs.
  • CNP operators can also share numbers of students eligible for Free, Reduced, and Paid meals as long as this doesn't lead to identification of individual students.

New and Existing Flexibilities for SFSP Program Opreators and Sites

  • Summarizes recent USDA policy and regulatory changes intended to help increase participation.

Flexibility in Using Census Data for Area Eligibility Determinations

  • CACFP and SFSP regulations provide more specifically that census data may be used to determine area eligibility for day care homes and certain SFSP sites and SSO sites.