Latest News for the Summer Meal Programs

Updated School Data Report and New Area Eligibility Flexibilities

" June 1, 2022 - TDA has updated the 2021-2022 School Data Report for Area Eligibility to account for new flexibilities available to Contracting Entities that operated the Seamless Summer Option during SY 2021-2022.
June 1, 2022 - Given that many schools did not process applications in SY 2021-2022 and thus do not have accurate free/reduced-price data on hand, area eligibility for non-CEP schools operating SSO in SY 2021-2022 is based on 50% or greater free/reduced claiming percentages from February 2020. However, summer sites establishing new eligibility based off February 2020 data may only use this determination through Summer 2024.

Note that CEP schools, even those operating SSO in SY 2021-2022, will use the standard method for determining area eligibility for Summer 2022, which is based on having an Independent Student Percentage (ISP) of 31.25 or greater. Determination based on this ISP data is valid for the standard five years.

Finally, non-CEP schools that operated NSLP in SY 2021-2022 should have processed applications in accordance with regulations. Therefore, area eligibility is determined by a 50% or greater free/reduced/price claims rate from October 2021, and this determination is valid for five years.

TDA has recently updated its School Data – Area Eligibility Report to indicate the data source used to derive each listed school’s area eligibility. This report is located in the Administration/Forms tables for both SFSP and CACFP.

For non-CEP SSO operators, one additional flexibility exists for this upcoming summer and school year. These schools may establish an area eligibility determination using CEP data from their most recent CEP report submitted in March 2022. If the ISP from that report shows 31.25 or greater, that school is considered area eligible for Summer 2022 and SY 2022-2023 only.


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