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Use of Provision 1, 2, or 3 for Site Eligibility

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: All Summer Food Service Program Sponsors

Number: 97-370

From: Summer Food Service Program Unit

Date: December 1997

Attention: Authorized Representatives

Subject: Use of Provision 1, 2, or 3 for Summer Food Service Program Site Eligibility

This Management Bulletin disseminates guidance for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors regarding the use of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) eligibility data for sites operating under the Provision 1, 2, or 3 claiming alternatives.

Provisions 1, 2, or 3 are alternative claiming methods generally used by schools with a high percentage of enrolled children who qualify for free or reduced price meals. These provisions reduce the paperwork required by the annual application collection process.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently provided clarification that it is permissible to use the site's most recent NSLP base year data for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) eligibility if 50 percent or more of the children enrolled during this period were eligible for free and reduced priced meals. The base year refers to the most recent year that eligibility determination was made, and is the basis of the school lunch sponsor's claim.

When SFSP sponsors request site eligibility verification from school districts, schools must provide the sponsor with a written statement, on school or district letterhead, that has the following information: the school name; the claiming alternative the school is utilizing; the base year; the total enrollment; and the number and percentages of children eligible for free and reduced price meals during the school's base year.

Schools that are not utilizing one of these provisions must continue to state their total enrollment and the number and the percentage of children eligible for free and reduced price meals. The percentage, in all cases, must be 50 percent or above to qualify a site for participation in the Summer Food Service Program.

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