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Low-Fat (1%) Flavored Milk – Congressional Flexibility Extended through December 3, 2021

" October 27, 2021 - Due to recent Congressional action, flexibility allowing low-fat, flavored milk in the NSLP and SBP is now effective through December 3, 2021. This provides additional flexibility in planning school breakfast and lunch menus but does not require schools to make any menu changes.
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October 27, 2021 - In Section 789, of Division A of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Congress provided that none of the funds made available by the Appropriations Act or any other act may be used to restrict the offering of low-fat (1% fat) flavored milk in the NSLP and SBP as long as such milk is not inconsistent with the most recent Dietary Guidelines. Due to recent Congressional action, this flexibility allowing low-fat, flavored milk in the NSLP and SBP is now effective through December 3, 2021. This provides additional flexibility in planning school breakfast and lunch menus; but, does not require schools to make any menu changes.

For more information, please see this policy memo: Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021: Effect on Child Nutrition Programs – REVISED. Please note, while the expiration date for these provisions is listed as September 30, 2021 in the memo, they have both been extended to December 3, 2021. FNS will provide additional guidance if these provisions are further extended. As stated in the memo, flexibility related to paid lunch equity and serving potatoes and other starchy vegetables in the SBP remains in effect through school year 2021-2022.

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