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Cooperation with USDA Evaluations and Research


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information
To: Child Nutrition Program Sponsors Number: USDA-CNP-01-2012
Attention: Food Service/Program Directors Date: October 2012
Subject: Cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture Officials and Contractors Conducting Evaluations and Research
Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy Memo SP 22-2011, CACFP 13-2011, SFSP 08-2011; the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Section 28

This Management Bulletin (MB) clarifies the cooperation requirements between agencies participating in Child Nutrition Programs (the National School Lunch Program [NSLP], Child and Adult Care Food Program [CACFP], and Summer Food Service Program [SFSP]) with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials and contractors conducting evaluations and research.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296, amended Section 28 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) to make clear that state agencies, local educational agencies, schools, institutions, facilities, and contractors participating in the Child Nutrition Programs authorized under the NSLA and Child Nutrition Act of 1966 are required to cooperate with USDA officials and contractors conducting evaluations and research.

The California Department of Education’s Legal Office has confirmed that this cooperation does not violate California State confidentiality laws. Regulations for each program, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, sections 210.23(e), 225.18(j), and 226.25(h), state:

Program evaluations. States, State agencies, local educational agencies, school food authorities, schools and contractors must cooperate in studies and evaluations conducted by or on behalf of the Department, related to programs authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.

Agencies can find these regulations in the following Web documents:

The USDA Policy Memo SP 22-2011 regarding these regulations can be viewed at the USDA School Meals Policy Memos Web page at http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/SP22_CACFP13_SFSP08-2011_os.pdf.

Please note that the research and all participants (e.g., agencies, employees, households) will remain confidential. Studies will mention only how many sponsors were contacted within California and the results.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact the appropriate Nutrition Services Division staff member for your agency. Specifically:

School Nutrition Programs

You may find a list of contact information for your SNP specialist in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS). You may also contact the SNP Unit Office Technician by phone at 916-322-1450 or 916-322-3005.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

You may find a list of contact information for your CACFP specialist in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS. You may also contact Nancy Charpentier, CACFP Unit Office Technician, by phone at 916-327-2991 or by e-mail at ncharpentier@cde.ca.gov.

Summer Food Service Program

You may refer to Form SFSP 01 in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS for a list of SFSP specialists. You may also contact Larry Frakes, SFSP Unit Office Technician, by phone at 916-322-8323 or by e-mail at lfrakes@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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