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Facility Review Averaging

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors

Number: 06-209

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: May 2006

Subject: Facility Review Averaging

Reference: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Second Interim Rule:Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 226.16(d)(4)(iv), Revised January 1, 2005.

This Management Bulletin provides direction to sponsoring organizations for implementing facility review averaging. Sponsoring organizations must review each sponsored facility three times every year. The Second Interim Rule permits sponsors to conduct what is termed "review averaging" in meeting their monitoring requirements.

The review averaging requirements are:

  1. If a sponsor conducts two unannounced reviews (one review during a meal service) of a facility in a year and finds no serious deficiencies, the sponsor may choose not to conduct a third review that year, provided that the sponsor conducts an average of three reviews of all of its facilities that year.
  2. When the sponsor uses this averaging provision, and a specific facility receives two reviews in one review year, its first review in the next year must occur no more than nine months after the previous review.
  3. Sponsors may not review a facility fewer than three times per year if the facility has submitted a block claim during the year.

The United States Department of Agriculture provided guidance for sponsoring organizations to assist them in their implementation of review averaging. Specifically, prior to implementing review averaging, sponsors are required to develop a written Review Averaging Plan that includes a Profile Chart and a Review Plan as follows:

  1. Profile Chart
    The Profile Chart needs to include the following information:
  1. Review Plan
    The Review Plan needs to include the following information:

Sponsors are required to revise review plans as needed to ensure regulatory requirements are met. Completed Review Averaging Plans must be made available for State reviews.


  1. Sample Profile Chart at
  2. Sample Review Plan at
  3. Sample Revised Review Plan at
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