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Note: Bulletins dated 2014 and later are in descending order by release date.

Calendar Year 2014
Release Date Topic Title Bulletin Number
April 2014 Procurement State Procurement Threshold for Calendar Year 2014 SNP-11-2014
April 2014 Eligibility Community Eligibility Provision Application SNP-16-2014
April 2014 Competitive Food Competitive Food and Beverage Requirements—Assembly Bill 626 SNP-03-2014
March 2014 Census Data Census Data Release: Federal Fiscal Year 2014 and Use of School and Census Data CNP-02-2014
March 2014 Grant Availability of the 2013 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants SNP-14-2014
March 2014 Grant

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grants 2014–15

SNP-13-2014
February 2014 Grant

2013–14 SBP and SFSP Start-up and Expansion Grants

SNP-07-2014
February 2014 Food Safety

Mandatory Food Safety Inspections—Reminder

SNP-09-2014
January 2014 Afterschool

Assembly Bill 626—Afterschool Meals - ACTION REQUIRED

SNP-05-2014
January 2014 Meals

Variations in Meals for Religious Reasons

CNP-04-2014
January 2014 Smoothies

Smoothies Offered in the Child Nutrition Programs

CNP-01-2014
January 2014 Training

2013–14 Annual Mandatory Training for SNP Sponsors - ACTION REQUIRED

SNP-01-2014

Note: Bulletins dated 2013 and earlier are in descending order by bulletin number.

Calendar Year 2013
Bulletin Number Bulletin Title (Link) and Subject Release Date
USDA-SNP-28-2013 Annual Sponsor Verification Report for 2013–14 is Now Available - ACTION REQUIRED December 2013
USDA-SNP-26-2013

FSMC Sample Proposal and Contracts - ACTION REQUIRED
Notify School Food Authorities participating in the federal School Nutrition Programs of the availability of a sample RFP

December 2013
USDA-SNP-24-2013 Child Nutrition Database Release 17 - ACTION REQUIRED September 2013
USDA-SNP-23-2013 Exception for Group Meal Safety
Residential Child Care Institutions Exception for Safety if Serving Meals to Multiple Age/Grade Groups
October 2013
USDA-SNP-22-2013 Q and A on New Meal Pattern, Sixth Revision
Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs—Revised
October 2013
USDA-SNP-21-2013 2013–14 SNP Reimbursement Rates
Reimbursement Rates for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Programs for School Year 2013–14
August 2013
USDA-SNP-19-2013 Salad Bar Alternatives After the Point of Service
Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Program—State Approved Alternatives for Salad Bars Positioned After the Point of Service
August 2013
USDA-SNP-18-2013 Paid Lunch Equity Requirement—Updated Guidance for School Year 2013–14 - ACTION REQUIRED October 2013
USDA-SNP-17-2013 Q and A on the Breakfast Meal Pattern and OVS Guidance
Questions and Answers on the School Breakfast Program Meal Pattern in School Year 2013–14 and Updated Offer versus Serve Guidance for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program in School Year 2013–14
July 2013
USDA-SNP-15-2013 2013–14 Income Eligibility Guidelines for SNP - ACTION REQUIRED April 2013
USDA-SNP-14-2013 Q and A on the Breakfast Meal Pattern
Questions and Answers on the School Breakfast Program Meal Pattern in School Year 2013–14
April 2013
USDA-SNP-13-2013

Meat/Meat Alternates and Grain Maximums
Extending Flexibility in the Meat/Meat Alternates and Grains Maximums for School Year 2013–14

May 2013
USDA-SNP-12-2013 New Policy Change on Food Safety Inspections - ACTION REQUIRED May 2013
USDA-SNP-11-2013 Eligibility for Children in State-funded Pre-K
Eligibility for Free Meal Benefits to Children Enrolled in State-funded Pre-kindergarten
May 2013
USDA-SNP-09-2013

Menu Certification Guidance, Third Revision
Menu Certification Guidance for Performance-Based Reimbursement, Third Revision

May 2013
USDA-SNP-08-2013 Q and A on the New Meal Pattern, Fifth Revision
Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs"—Revised
March 2013
USDA-SNP-07-2013 Meal App for Limited English Proficient Households
Meal Application and Eligibility Materials for Limited English Proficient Households
August 2013
USDA-SNP-06-2013 Preventing Overt Identification of Children Certified for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals October 2013
USDA-SNP-04-2013 Validation and Validation Review Checklists February 2013
USDA-SNP-03-2013 Additional Menu Certification Guidance - ACTION REQUIRED
Additional Information Regarding Menu Certification Guidance for Performance-Based Reimbursement
January 2013
USDA-SNP-01-2013 Corn Masa (Dough) for Chips, Shells, and Tamales
Corn Masa (Dough) for Use in Tortilla Chips, Taco Shells, and Tamales
January 2013
USDA-CNP-08-2013 Nondiscrimination Statement Update December 2013
USDA-CNP-05-2013 Accepting Processed Product Documentation - ACTION REQUIRED
Guidance for Accepting Processed Product Documentation for Meal Pattern Requirements
August 2013
USDA-CNP-04-2013 Permanent Single Agreement for SFAs - ACTION REQUIRED
Permanent Single Agreement for School Food Authorities Participating in a Child Nutrition Program. DEADLINE to Submit: September 1, 2013
July 2013
USDA-CNP-03-2013 Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in Child Nutrition Programs April 2013
USDA-CNP-02-2013 Determining Area Eligibility Based on School Data May 2013
USDA-CNP-01-2013 Disaster Response in Child Nutrition Programs January 2013
USDA-CACFP-03-2013 Streamlining At-Risk Afterschool Meal Participation for School Food Authorities April 2013
NSD-SNP-17-2013 Local Control Funding Formula and School Nutrition Programs
October 2013
NSD-SNP-15-2013 New School Food Service Contracts Unit and Procurement Timelines - ACTION REQUIRED September 2013
NSD-SNP-14-2013 School Meals Program Outreach Toolkit
August 2013
NSD-SNP-13-2013 New Meal Pattern Training Plan—Update
Nutrition Services Division Training Plan to Support Transition to the New Meal Pattern Requirements and Certification of Compliance—Update
May 2013
NSD-SNP-12-2013 2012–13 Annual Mandatory Training for SNP Sponsors - ACTION REQUIRED May 2013
NSD-SNP-11-2013

Distinguishing a Food Service Management Company from a Meal Vendor - ACTION REQUIRED

August 2013
NSD-SNP-10-2013 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grants 2013–14
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Opportunities for Elementary Schools (July 1, 2013–June30, 2014)
March 2013
NSD-SNP-09-2013 California Department of Education Sponsored Training March 2013
NSD-SNP-07-2013 Cafeteria Funds—Allowable Uses May 2013
NSD-SNP-05-2013 Sharing School Meal Applications with CalFresh Offices July 2013
NSD-SNP-04-2013 Revenue Sharing in School Nutrition Programs - ACTION REQUIRED February 2013
NSD-SNP-03-2013 Requesting a Summer and/or Saturday Meal Waiver - ACTION REQUIRED
Requesting a Summer School Meal Waiver and/or a Saturday School Meal Waiver for 2013 School Sessions
February 2013
NSD-SNP-02-2013 2013-14 SBP and SFSP Start-up and Expansion Grants
Letter of Intent: Availability for the School Breakfast and Summer Food Service Programs Start-up and Expansion Grants for State Fiscal Year 2013–14
February 2013
NSD-CNP-08-2013 Child Nutrition and Information Payment System User Acceptance Agreement - ACTION REQUIRED May 2013
NSD-CNP-02-2013 Reimbursement Claims Resources March 2013
NSD-CNP-01-2013 Change in Management Bulletin Distribution Process - ACTION REQUIRED
Change in Distribution Process for Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletins and U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy Memoranda
January 2013
Calendar Year 2012
Bulletin Number Bulletin Title (Link) and Subject Release Date
USDA-SNP-47-2012 Meat/Meat Alternate and Grain Maximums
Flexibility in the Meat/Meat Alternate and Grain Maximums for School Year 2012–13
December 2012
USDA-SNP-42-2012 Q and A on the New Meal Pattern, Fourth Revision
Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs"—Revised
November 2012
USDA-SNP-41-2012 Six Cents Certification Tool Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers Related to the Six Cents Certification Tool
September 2012
USDA-SNP-39-2012 FFVP Fees in Food Service Mgmt. Company Contracts
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Fees in Food Service Management Company Contracts
November 2012
USDA-SNP-38-2012 Procuring Services of Purchasing Cooperatives, etc.
Procuring Services of Purchasing Cooperatives, Group Purchasing Organizations, Group Buying Organizations, etc.
September 2012
USDA-SNP-37-2012 Food Buying Guide Updates: Vegetables/Fruit Section
Updates in the Vegetables/Fruit Section of the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs
September 2012
USDA-SNP-36-2012 Revenue from Nonprogram Foods—Updated Guidance September 2012
USDA-SNP-35-2012 Menu Certification Guidance for Performance-Based Reimbursement - ACTION REQUIRED August 2012
USDA-SNP-33-2012 Q and A on the New Meal Pattern, Third Revision
Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs"—Revised
September 2012
USDA-SNP-32-2012 SNP Reimbursement Rates
Reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Programs for school year 2012-13
August 2012
USDA-SNP-31-2012 Formulated Grain Fruit Products July 2012
USDA-SNP-30-2012 Reminders-Compliance with Procurement Requirements
Reminders: School Food Authority Compliance with Federal Regulations Affecting Rebates, Discounts, and Applicable Credits on All Contracts
October 2012
USDA-SNP-29-2012 Questions and Answers on Meal Certification
Questions and Answers related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program
July 2012
USDA-SNP-28-2012 Grain Requirements for the NSLP and SBP July 2012
USDA-SNP-27-2012 Access to Free Drinking Water—UPDATE July 2012
USDA-SNP-26-2012 Q and A on the New Meal Pattern, Second Revision
Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs"—Revised
May 2012
USDA-SNP-25-2012 Foster Children Now Eligible for Free Meals - ACTION REQUIRED May 2012
USDA-SNP-24-2012 New HealthierUS School Challenge Criteria May 2012
USDA-SNP-23-2012 2012–13 Income Eligibility Guidelines for SNP - ACTION REQUIRED April 2012
USDA-SNP-22-2012 Using School Attendance Area to Establish Open SFSP Sites - ACTION REQUIRED May 2012
USDA-SNP-21-2012 Status of SHAPE NSMP and Assisted NSMP
Status of Shaping Health As Partners in Education (SHAPE) Nutrient Standard Menu Planning (NSMP) and Assisted NSMP - ACTION REQUIRED
April 2012
USDA-SNP-20-2012 Q and A on the New Meal Pattern, First Revision
Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs"—Revised
March 2012
USDA-SNP-19-2012 Procurement Geographic Preference Q and A May 2012
USDA-SNP-18-2012 Procurement Q and A for the New Meal Pattern
Procurement Questions and Answers to Assist in the Implementation of the Final Rule Titled Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
July 2012
USDA-SNP-17-2012 Crediting of Tofu and Soy Yogurt Products in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs June 2012
USDA-SNP-16-2012 Paid Lunch Equity Requirement—Updated Guidance - ACTION REQUIRED October 2012
USDA-SNP-15-2012 Verification for Cause in the School Meals Programs June 2012
USDA-SNP-14-2012 Revision to Buy American Procurement Question
Revision to “Procurement Questions Relevant to the Buy American Provision”
March 2012
USDA-SNP-13-2012 Q and A on the New Meal Pattern
Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs”
February 2012
USDA-SNP-12-2012 Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Program February 2012
USDA-SNP-09-2012 Direct Certification Requirements
Direct Certification Requirements: Frequency of Data Matching and Eliminating the Letter Method - ACTION REQUIRED

August 2012

USDA-CNP-10-2012 Procurement Geographic Preference Q and As–Part II December 2012
USDA-CNP-09-2012 Federal Small Purchase Threshold Adjustment November 2012
USDA-CNP-08-2012 Permanent Single Agreement for Child Nutrition Programs September 2012
USDA-CNP-04-2012 Guidance on the Donation of Leftover Food May 2012
USDA-CNP-03-2012 Child Nutrition Labeling Program Reminders February 2012
USDA-CNP-02-2012 Rural Development Community Facilities Program October 2012
USDA-CNP-01-2012 Cooperation with USDA Evaluations and Research
Cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture Officials and Contractors Conducting Evaluations and Research
October 2012
NSD-SNP-19-2012 State Meal Mandate Waiver Request Deadline - ACTION REQUIRED
Statutory Change to the State Meal Mandate Waiver Request Deadline
November 2012
NSD-SNP-18-2012 Clarification Regarding the Use of OVS in the CACFP
Clarification Regarding the Use of Offer Versus Serve in Child and Adult Care Food Program At-risk, Afterschool Meal Programs
October 2012
NSD-SNP-17-2012

Vegetarian Options in School Meals

November 2012
NSD-SNP-10-2012 2011–12 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Opportunities for Elementary Schools (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013)
March 2012
NSD-SNP-08-2012 Reminder: Direct Certification is Mandatory - ACTION REQUIRED
Reminder: Direct Certification is Mandatory in Federal Meal Programs for All Agency Types
April 2012
NSD-SNP-06-2012 2012–13 SBP and SFSP Start-up and Expansion Grants
Letter of Intent: Availability for the School Breakfast and Summer Food Service Programs Start-up and Expansion Grants for State Fiscal Year 2012–13
February 2012
NSD-SNP-05-2012 Cafeteria Funds/Accounts—Reminders and Resources May 2012
NSD-SNP-04-2012 Mandatory Site Level Reporting Requirement - ACTION REQUIRED
Change in CNIPS Claims—Mandatory Site Level Reporting Requirement
February 2012

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Calendar Year 2011
Bulletin Number Bulletin Title (Link) and Subject Release Date
USDA-SNP-22-2011 Indirect Cost Guidance Manual September 2011
USDA-SNP-19-2011 2011–12 Attendance Factor and Required Meal Count
2011–12 Attendance Factor (93.8 percent) and Required Meal Count Edit Checks
August 2011
USDA-SNP-18-2011 Competitive Foods and FMNV - Clarification
Clarification of Competitive Foods and Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value
August 2011
USDA-SNP-16-2011 Local School Wellness Policies - ACTION REQUIRED
Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Local School Wellness Policies
August 2011
USDA-SNP-15-2011 Enhancing the School Food Safety Program - ACTION REQUIRED December 2011
USDA-SNP-13-2011 Required Outreach Regarding School Breakfast - ACTION REQUIRED
Required Outreach to Households Regarding the Availability of the School Breakfast Program
August 2011
USDA-SNP-12-2011 CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals Handbook July 2011
USDA-SNP-07-2011 Fluid Requirements for Fluid Milk - ACTION REQUIRED June 2011
USDA-SNP-06-2011 The Community Eligibility Option Pilot Project June 2011
USDA-SNP-05-2011 2011-12 Income Eligibility Guidelines for SNP - ACTION REQUIRED April 2011
USDA-SNP-03-2011 Service Fees for On-line Prepayment of Meals August 2011
USDA-CNP-08-2011 Available Translations of Program Materials October 2011
USDA-CNP-06-2011 Shelf-Stable, Dried Snacks in Child Nutrition Programs September 2011
USDA-CNP-02-2011 Privacy Protection and Social Security Numbers - ACTION REQUIRED
Privacy Protection and the Use of Social Security Numbers
April 2011
NSD-SNP-11-2011 2011–12 SNP Reimbursement Rates
Reimbursement Rates for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Programs for School Year 2011–12
August 2011
NSD-SNP-07-2011 2011–12 School Breakfast and Summer Food Grants
Letter of Intent: Availability for the School Breakfast and Summer Food Service Programs Start-up and Expansion Grants for State Fiscal Year 2011–12
April 2011
NSD-SNP-02-2011 New Guidance Regarding EC Section 49554
New Guidance Regarding California Education Code Section 49554 - Contracting for the Preparation, Delivery, and Service of School Meals
April 2011

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Calendar Year 2010
Bulletin Number Bulletin Title (Link) and Subject Release Date
USDA-SNP-11-2010 2010-11 Attendance Factor
2010-11 Attendance Factor (94.4 percent) and Required Meal Count Edit Checks
November 2010
USDA-SNP-07-2010 Change in Meal Application Approval Process
Change in Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Approval Process
September 2010
USDA-SNP-03-2010 Allowable Use of Procurement Fees in SFA Contracts June 2010
USDA-CNP-05-2010 Extending Categorical Eligibility Q and A
Extending Categorical Eligibility to Additional Children in a Household - Questions and Answers
September 2010
USDA-CNP-04-2010 Final Rule: Fluid Milk Substitutions
Final Rule Regarding Fluid Milk Substitutions in School Nutrition Programs
April 2010
USDA-CNP-02-2010 Exclusion of Combat Pay from Income Eligibility
Exclusion of Military Combat Pay from Income Eligibility in the Child Nutrition Programs
March 2010
NSD-SNP-21-2010 2010-11 Reimbursement Rates
Reimbursement Rates for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, State Meal, and Special Milk Programs for School Year 2010-11 (revised to include State Reimbursement rates)
November 2010
NSD-SNP-19-2010 Direct Certification Using the CALPADS
Change Coming in State-Level Direct Certification Process – Using the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
November 2010
NSD-SNP-18-2010 2010-11 School Nutrition Reimbursement Rates
Reimbursement Rates for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Programs for School Year 2010-11
September 2010
NSD-SNP-15-2010 2010-11 Approved Indirect Cost Rates
2010-11 Approved Indirect Cost Rates for Food Service Programs
July 2010
NSD-SNP-14-2010 Food Service Management Company Contract Reminders July 2010
NSD-SNP-13-2010 Change to State-Level Direct Certification Process
Change Coming in State-Level Direct Certification Process - Using the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
July 2010
NSD-SNP-12-2010 SFA Ability to Share Student Eligibility Info
Clarification Regarding the Ability to Share Student Meal Program Eligibility Information Between School Food Authorities
April 2010
NSD-SNP-07-2010 Using CALPADS for the Direct Certification Process
Change Coming in State-Level Direct Certification Process - Using the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
January 2010
NSD-SNP-04-2010 Definition of "Sold" for Competitive Food
Definition of “Sold” in Relation to Food and Beverage School Fundraising Practices
June 2010
NSD-SNP-03-2010 Definition of K-8 Under Competitive Foods
Definition of a School Containing Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Under the Competitive Food and Beverage Restrictions
August 2010
NSD-SNP-01-2010 Competitive Food and Beverage Sales - ACTION REQUIRED
Requirements for Groups or Individuals Who Sell Foods and Beverages Outside of Federally Reimbursable School Meal Programs
April 2010
NSD-CNP-02-2010 NSD Civil Rights and Complaints Handbook March 2010
NSD-CNP-01-2010 Reimbursement Claim One-Time Exception
Reimbursement Claim One-Time Exception Submission Deadline
April 2010

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