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Current and proposed legislation, regulations, and policies for child nutrition programs administration.

Nutrition Programs Guidance

An index of direct links to California Department of Education (CDE) management bulletins, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy memoranda, and federal and state regulations relating to the proper administration of the child nutrition programs.

Child Nutrition Programs

Federal Procurement regulations at Title 2, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200 External link opens in new window or tab. - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Super-Circular)


School Nutrition Programs


Child and Adult Care Food Program


Summer Food Service Program


Food Distribution Program


Commodity Supplemental Food Program


Proposed, Interim, and Final Rules

Proposed Rule: Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 External link opens in new window or tab.
The proposed rule makes changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program meal patterns, which are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, evidence-based nutrition science, and stakeholder input. Several of these proposed changes will extend to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Special Milk Program to increase consistency across all child nutrition programs.

Proposed Rule: Local School Wellness Policy External link opens in new window or tab.
The Local School Wellness Policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It requires each local LEA participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a local school wellness policy that promotes the health of students and addresses the growing problem of childhood obesity. The responsibility for developing a local school wellness policy is placed at the local level so the unique needs of each school under the jurisdiction of the LEA can be addressed.

Final Rule: Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs Personnel External link opens in new window or tab.
Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals is a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The rule, published March 2, 2015, requires a minimum amount of annual training hours for all state directors of school nutrition programs, state director of distributing agencies, school nutrition program directors, managers, and staff. Required training topic areas will vary according to position and job requirements. There are also minimum hiring standards for new state directors of school nutrition programs, state directors of distributing agencies that oversee USDA Foods, and school nutrition program directors.


Legislative Reports

Assessment of Staffing Needs for Child Nutrition Compliance and Cafeteria Fund Reviews
This report is submitted in accordance with Assembly Bill 110, Budget Act of 2013, which requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to report to the chairpersons and vice chairpersons of the budget committees of both houses of the Legislature, the Department of Finance, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office by October 1, 2013.

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 16: Nutrition: Vegetarian School Lunches
The California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health are submitting this report in response to the 2003 Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 16: Nutrition: Vegetarian School Lunches sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Nation. It presents a summary of the current efforts and progress being made to offer vegetarian and cultural school lunches to students in public schools.


Policy Recommendations

2009 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (Posted Jul-2009)
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is pleased to have collaborated with the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop policy recommendations on how to best improve the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children Program Supplement Nutrition Programs.


Related Links

California Legislative Information External link opens in new window or tab.
Locate the full text of bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments, as well as their status, history, votes, analyses, and veto messages.

U.S. Government Printing Office External link opens in new window or tab.
Official information from all three branches of the Federal Government. On-line access to congressional bills, laws, U.S. codes and regulations, the federal register, and presidential papers.

Library of Congress External link opens in new window or tab.
Search for federal bills by text, summary, or status and the Congressional Record by text or index; along with historical Congressional documents such as the Constitution.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, November 20, 2015

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