SMP Policy & Handbook
USDA Policy  Minimize 
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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Complete ARM          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 1. Program Overview           SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 2. Program Application & Agreement          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 2a. Meal Pattern Certification          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 3. Civil Rights & Confidentiality          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 4. Eligibility Determination          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 5. Special Provision Options          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 6. Verification of Eligibility          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 7. Breakfast Meals          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 8. Lunch Meals          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 9. Pre-Kindergarten Meals          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 10. Afterschool Snacks & Meals          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 11. Summer Meals          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 12. Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 13. Special Milk Program          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 14. USDA Foods          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 14a. USDA Foods Processing          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 15. Program Integrity          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 16. Financial System          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 16a. Contract Management          SMP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual


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