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New SFSP Management Bulletins

On September 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Final Rule: Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program External link opens in new window or tab.. The Final Rule codified changes to SFSP regulations that streamlines requirements among child nutrition programs, simplifies the application process, enhances monitoring requirements, offers more clarity on existing requirements, and provides more discretion at the state agency level to manage program operations.

On December 29, 2023, the USDA published the Interim Final Rule: Establishing the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Program and Rural Non-Congregate Option in the Summer Meal Programs External link opens in new window or tab., which includes new definitions and requirements for non-congregate meal service in rural areas.

In accordance with the changes in the Final Rule and the Interim Final Rule, the California Department of Education (CDE) published the following Management Bulletins (MB):

You can view these MBs on the CDE Nutrition Services Division SFSP Management Bulletin webpage.

SFSP Listening Session

The CDE will host a Listening Session on Monday, February 26 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm. During this session, we will review the newly issued SFSP MBs and how these policies will change SFSP operations. All SFSP sponsors are encouraged to attend.

Registration and Cost

This listening session is free to attend. Register in advance here External link opens in new window or tab..

After registering, you will see a screen that says Webinar Registration Approved with a link to the webinar. You will also receive several emails with information about joining the webinar. First, you will receive confirmation the day you register and then you will receive two reminder emails: one day and one hour prior to the webinar. If you cannot find the email confirmation, or do not receive the reminders, you can always reregister.

Tip for Attendees

To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Zoom.

If you receive an error message that the host has declined your webinar registration, try using an alternate email address. While not ideal, you may also join by phone if you have technical issues logging in from your computer.

Reasonable Accommodation

Pursuant to state and federal statutes, individuals with a disability may request reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in the SFSP Listening Session. Send direct requests for reasonable accommodations to the CDE by email to

Please note that live captioning will be available during the webinar.

Contact Information

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

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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