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Guidance for Rural Non-congregate Meal Service

On January 12, 2024, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued Policy Memorandum SFSP 03-2024, SP 05-2024: Implementation Guidance for the Rural Non-congregate Option Provisions of the Interim Final Rule, Establishing the Summer EBT Program and Rural Non-Congregate Option in the Summer Meal Programs. This policy provides implementation guidance for the Summer EBT Program and the rural non-congregate meal service option for both the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.

You can view this policy memo on the USDA Summer Food Service Program web page External link opens in new window or tab..

The California Department of Education will issue a management bulletin on this topic as deemed necessary.

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If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact the Summer Nutrition Program and Grants Unit by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 13, 2024
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