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Summer 2023 - Updates to Meal Service Time Requirements in SFSP

Published: 58 days ago
" December 2, 2022 - Previous flexibilities for mealtime requirements in SFSP have been modified and codified in the Code of Regulations per the September 2022 Final Rule.
December 2, 2022 - Per Final Rule, Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the following regulations now apply to meal service times in the SFSP during Summer 2023:

• All sites, except residential camps, must allow a minimum of at least one hour to elapse between the end of one meal and the beginning of another.
• Meals claimed as a breakfast must be served at or close to the beginning of a child's day and prohibit a three-component meal from being claimed for reimbursement as a breakfast if it is served after a lunch or supper is served.

The Final Rule also allows TDA to approve for reimbursement meals served outside of the approved meal service time if an unanticipated event occurs (for example, delayed meal deliveries, inclement weather that delays the start of the meal service, delayed public transportation utilized by participants).


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