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Waiver of Meal Time Restrictions in the SFSP


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Action Required, Beneficial Information

To: Summer Food Service Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SFSP-06-2011

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: May 2011

Subject: Waiver of Meal Time Restrictions in the Summer Food Service Program

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture Memo SFSP 11-2011: Waiver of Meal Time Restrictions and Unitized Meal Requirements; USDA Memo SFSP: Flexibility of Time Restrictions on Meal Service, January 29, 2002; Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, sections 225.6 (c) (2); 225.16 (b) and (c); and 225.18 (f);

This Management Bulletin (MB) relays information from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) about changes in meal time restrictions in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The new instructions aim to simplify requirements for the time elapsed between meal service.

Background

USDA regulations define the number of hours that must elapse between various meals and snacks in the SFSP. Previously, three hours must have elapsed between the beginning of one meal or snack service and the beginning of the next. When no afternoon snack was served, four hours must have elapsed between the beginning of lunch and the beginning of supper. Additionally, the duration of meal service was limited to two hours for lunch and supper and one hour for breakfast and snacks. USDA Memo SFSP: Flexibility of Time Restrictions on Meal Service, January 29, 2002, allowed states to approve waivers.

Waiver of Meal Time Restrictions

In an effort to simplify management of the SFSP the USDA is waiving these meal time restrictions. Sponsors must continue to establish meal times for each site and provide this information to the Nutrition Services Division. However, sponsors are no longer required to ensure that specific time periods elapse between the meal services. The information in USDA Memo SFSP 11-2011 supersedes previous USDA guidance giving state agencies the authority to waive meal time restrictions. States may still establish meal time restrictions; however these are subject to USDA Regional Office approval.

Action

Please inform your program personnel and site staff of these changes to the SFSP program.

If you have questions regarding this MB, please contact Melissa Garza by phone at 916-322-5885 or by e-mail at mgarza@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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