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USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issues policy memoranda to provide guidance on implementing NSLP. Click here to see these memos on the USDA site.


Eligibility Manual: Determining and Verifying Eligibility for School Meals  Minimize 

The USDA Eligibility Manual is available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/guidance-and-resources. This manual contains information on federal requirements regarding the determination and verification of eligibility for free and reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). These provisions also apply to the determination of eligibility for free milk under the Special Milk Program (SMP). This manual is to be used in conjunction with Section 4, Determining Eligibility in the Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM).



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Section 17. Procurement          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 17a. Procurement Procedures          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 17b. Buy American          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 17c. Cooperative Purchasing          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 18. Food Service Contracts          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 19. Meal Pricing          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 20. Counting & Claiming          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 21. Meal Service          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 22. Competitive Foods          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 23. Food Product Documentation          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 24. Disaster Situations          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 25. Meal Accommodations          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 26. Food Safety          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 27. Professional Standards          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 28. Residential Child Care Centers          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 29. Local Wellness Policy, Stakeholder Engagement          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 30. Records Retention          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 31. Administrative & Other Compliance Reviews          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual

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Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

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: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, 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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