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RELEASE: Multiple Sections of the Administrator’s Reference Manual (ARM)

" August 1, 2022 - Update Guide sections located at the beginning of each ARM section provide more information about the topics addressed in each release.
August 1, 2022 -  The following revised ARM sections have been posted and released. Update Guide sections located at the beginning of each ARM section provide more information about the topics addressed in each release.

      • Section 2, Program Application & Agreement
      • Section 3, Civil Rights
      • Section 4, Eligibility
      • Section 5, Special Provision Options
      • Section 7, Breakfast Meals
      • Section 8, Lunch Meals
      • Section 9, Pre-Kindergarten Meals
      • Section 10, Afterschool Snacks & Meals
      • Section 15, Program Integrity
      • Section 16, Financial System
      • Section 16a, Contract Management
      • Section 17a, Procurement Procedures
      • Section 17b, Buy American
      • Section 17c, Cooperative Purchasing
      • Section 18, Food Service Contracts
      • Section 19, Meal Pricing
      • Section 20, Counting & Claiming
      • Section 21, Meal Service
      • Section 24, Disaster Situations
      • Section 25, Meal Accommodation
      • Section 27, Professional Standards
      • Section 28, Residential Child Care Centers
      • Section 30, Record Retention

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To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
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