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SFSP Application Flexibilities for New CEs Already Operating NSLP/SBP and/or CACFP

Published: 58 days ago
" December 2, 2022 - Per the recent September 2022 Final Rule, new CEs in good standing in NSLP, SBP, and/or CACFP may be exempt from the lengthier SFSP application process that most new CEs must follow if they meet certain criteria.
December 2, 2022 - 

New CEs in good standing in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and/or Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) may be exempt from the lengthier SFSP application process that most new CEs must follow if they meet the following criteria:

  • The CE must be in good standing. A CE is in good standing if it has been reviewed by TDA in the last 12 months and had no major findings or program violations, or completed and implemented all corrective actions from the last compliance review, including the payment of outstanding debts. In addition, a CE may be considered in good standing if it has not been found to be seriously deficient by TDA in the past two years and has never been terminated from another Child Nutrition Program.

  • The new CE must be operating SFSP at existing sites where the CE has demonstrated that they have the resources and capability to provide a meal service. If the CE wishes to serve SFSP meals at additional sites where they have never served meals before, the CE must apply as a “new sponsor,” which includes submitting a full management plan. Once the CE has operated a full year successfully, the CE may apply as an “experienced sponsor” the following year, even if establishing brand new sites.



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