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Traveling Apple Policy Correction

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Action Required

To: Summer Food Service Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SFSP-03-2012

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: March 2012

Subject: Traveling Apple Policy Correction

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program Policy Memorandum 3-98: SFSP Issues Relating to Meal Service at Sites

This Management Bulletin (MB) corrects the Traveling Apple policy referenced in MB 04-708: Summer Meal Service Program Clarifications and Changes, distributed in August 2004.


The Nutrition Services Division distributed MB 04-708 allowing children to take a fruit, vegetable, or other nonperishable food item away from a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Policy Memorandum SA-9-3-1-CA was attached to the MB as guidance for implementing the policy.


Effective immediately, children may no longer take “other nonperishable” food items from the site. Children may only take a fruit or vegetable component of the meal away from the site. The food must have been from the child’s own meal or left on a sharing table by another child. Food items other than a fruit or vegetable leaving the site will cause the entire meal to be nonreimbursable. This information is consistent with USDA SFSP Policy Memorandum 3-98: SFSP Issues Relating to Meal Services at Sites.


Immediately notify and train all monitors and site supervisors of this correction. Monitors must take corrective action when necessary. 

If you have any questions regarding the Traveling Apple policy, please contact your SFSP Specialist by phone at 800-952-5609, Option 6, or call 916-445-0850 to be directed to the appropriate staff person.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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