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Five-day Meal Count Reconciliation

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program, Sponsors of Child and Adult Care Centers

Number: 05-219

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: December 2005

Subject: Second Interim Rule: Five-Day Meal Count Reconciliation

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, CACFP Policy Memo 05-15, September 27, 2005

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued the attached guidance on the required five-day meal count reconciliation that is directed to sponsors of child care centers, adult care centers, outside-school-hours centers, afterschool snack programs, and emergency shelters.

The guidance has six questions and answers, with Question No. 2 providing the basics for conducting a meal count reconciliation. Sponsors must perform the meal count reconciliation during the site monitoring visits to their sponsored facilities.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the CACFP specialist assigned to your agency in the Child Nutrition Information Payment System (CNIPS). You will find a list of contact information for specialists in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS. You may also contact the Help Desk by phone at 800-952-5609, option 6.


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