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Calendar Year 2021
Release Date Topic Subject Bulletin Number
September 2021 State Meal Mandate California’s State Meal Mandate for School Year 2021–22 SNP-07-2021
August 2021 Adult Meal Pricing Adult Meal Pricing in the NSLP/SBP SNP-04-2021
February 2021 Paid Lunch Equity Paid Lunch Equity Exemption Guidance SNP-02-2021
January 2021 Grant 2020 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant SNP-03-2021
Calendar Year 2020
Release Date Topic Subject Bulletin Number
December 2020 Salad Bars in School Nutrition Programs Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Progran and School Breakfast Program SNP-03-2020
July 2020 Professional Standards Professional Standards in the School Nutrition Programs SNP-13-2020
March 2020 Meals During School Closures Meal Service During Unanticipated School Closures CNP-02-2020
February 2020 Cafeteria Funds--Updated Guidance Cafeteria Funds--Construction SNP-08-2020
February 2020 Cafeteria Funds--Updated Guidance Cafeteria Funds--Allowable Uses SNP-05-2020
February 2020 Crediting Commercially Prepared Smoothies Smoothies Offered in Child Nutrition Programs CNP-04-2020
January 2020 Cafeteria Funds--Updated Guidance Cafeteria Fund--Loans SNP-09-2020
January 2020 Cafeteria Funds--Updated Guidance Cafeteria Funds--Indirect Costs SNP-07-2020
January 2020 Cafeteria Funds--Updated Guidance Excess Net Cash Resources SNP-06-2020
January 2020 Procurement Food Service Management Company Contract Preapproval SNP-04-2020

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Calendar Year 2019
Release Date Topic Subject Bulletin Number
November 2019 SFSP and SSO Site Proximity Requirements Quarter-mile Site Proximity Reporting Requirements SNP-24-2019; SFSP-04-2019
October 2019 Provisions Mandatory Review of Provision 2 or 3 Base Year—Revised SNP-25-2019
September 2019 Unpaid Meal Charges Senate Bill 250 and Senate Bill 265 SNP-22-2019
May 2019 Thresholds Federal Micropurchase and Small Purchase Thresholds CNP-01-2019
May 2019 Excess Funds Transferring Excess Funds between Child Nutrition Programs CNP-04-2019
April 2019 Competitive Foods USDA Smart Snacks in School Final Rule and Updated California Competitive Food Rules SNP-09-2019
April 2019 Competitive Foods Competitive Foods-Determining Compliant Beverages SNP-08-2019
April 2019 Competitive Foods Competitive Food Standards for Exempt Foods Items When Sold Individually or Paired Together SNP-07-2019
April 2019 Competitive Foods Second Meals in the School Nutrition Programs Count as Competitive Foods and Beverages SNP-06-2019
March 2019 Food Safety Food Safety Certification Requirements SNP-05-2019
February 2019 Provisions CEP Application and Increasing ISP SNP-03-2019
January 2019 Preschool Meal Pattern Requirements for Schools Preschool Meal Pattern Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program SNP-02-2019

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Calendar Year 2018
Release Date Topic Subject Bulletin Number
November 2018 Procurement California Public Contract Code sections 20110-20118 Guidance CNP-12-2018
September 2018 Universal Breakfast Universal Breakfast Guidance SNP-17-2018
September 2018 Procurement Distinguishing an FSMC from a Meal Vendor and Procurement Requirements Overview SNP-09-2018
August 2018 Cooperative Agreements Questions and Answers: Purchasing Goods and Services Using Cooperative Agreements, Agents, and Third-Party Services CNP-07-2018
August 2018 Equipment Grant Availability of the 2018 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants -Action Required SNP-14-2018
June 2018 Procuring Locally Produced Foods Purchase of Locally Produced Foods CNP-06-2018
June 2018 Market Basket Analysis Market Basket Analysis When Procuring Program Goods CNP-04-2018
June 2018 Non-Use of Cafeteria Funds Clarification on Certification Not to use Cafeteria Funds Guidance CNP-08-2018
June 2018 School Nutrition Program Site Definition of a School Nutrition Program Site SNP-15-2018
June 2018 Kin-GAP Discontinuation of Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment Program for Meal Eligibility CNP-09-2018
May 2018 Perishable Foods Perishable Foods in Child Nutrition Programs CNP-05-2018
May 2018 Confidentiality and LCAP Clarification on the Sharing of Individual Student Eligibility Information for Local Control and Accountability Plan Purposes SNP-02-2018
April 2018 Time and Effort Equivalent Documentation for Multifunded Employees SNP-04-2018
February 2018 Donation of Leftover Food Guidance on the Donation of Leftover Food in the Child Nutrition Programs CNP-02-2018
February 2018 The Use of Share Tables The Use of Share Tables CNP-03-2018
January 2018 Senate Bill 138 Free and Reduced-Price Meals: Universal Meal Service SNP-01-2018

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Calendar Year 2017
Release Date Topic Subject Bulletin Number
December 2017 Local School Wellness Policy Local School Wellness Policy Final Rule - Revised SNP-13-2017
December 2017 Grant 2017–18 California-grown Fresh School Meals Grant Request for Applications -Action Required SNP-14-2017
November 2017 Reimbursement Claim Reimbursement Claim One-time Only Exception Submission Deadline Policy Clarification CNP-07-2017
September 2017 Meal Pattern Crediting Tofu and Soy Yogurt Products in the Child Nutrition Programs CNP-09-2017
August 2017 Competitive Foods Aligning California and Federal Competitive Food Rules SNP-07-2017
May 2017 Funding Annual Audit Status Certification Form Requirements for Organizations Participating in California Department of Education Nutrition Programs -Action Required CNP-04-2017
May 2017 Eligibility

2017–18 Annual Income Eligibility Guidelines

CNP-05-2017

May 2017 Revenue from Nonprogram Foods for FSMC Revenue from Nonprogram Foods for FSMC- Updated Guidance SNP-06-2017
April 2017 Unpaid Meal Charges Unpaid Meal Charges: Local Meal Charge Policies, Clarification on Collection of Delinquent Meal Payments, and Excess Student Account Balances SNP-03-2017
March 2017 Special Dietary Needs Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meal Programs SNP-02-2017
February 2017 Potable Water Availability of Potable Water to Children and Allowable Costs SNP-05-2017
January 2017 Reimbursement Determining Eligibility for Two-cent Differential Reimbursement for New School Food Authorities SNP-04-2017
January 2017 Eligibility Eligibility Requirements for Military Families CNP-02-2017
January 2017 Grant Availability of the School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program Start-up and Expansion Grants for State Fiscal Year 2016–17 SNP-01-2017

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Calendar Year 2016
Release Date Topic Subject Bulletin Number
December 2016 Nonprogram Foods Revenue from Nonprogram Foods—Updated Guidance -Action Required SNP-04-2016
November 2016 Eligibility Eligibility Requirements for School Nutrition Programs SNP-18-2016
October 2016 Eligibility Early Implementation of Eligibility Carryover Period for Students Transitioning from Provision Schools SNP-22-2016
August 2016 Severe Need Reimbursement Clarification of Severe Need Breakfast Reimbursement Eligibility in the School Breakfast Program SNP-03-2016
July 2016 Eligibility Limited English Proficiency in School Meal Programs SNP-09-2016
June 2016 Fluid Milk Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk SNP-13-2016
April 2016 Competitive Foods Changes to the Competitive Food Rules as of July 1, 2016 SNP-11-2016
February 2016 Interagency Agreements Interagency Agreements in School Food Service SNP-06-2016
February 2016 Assessing Education Costs Assessing Proposed Nutrition Education Costs in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program SNP-05-2016

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Calendar Year 2015
Release Date Topic Subject Bulletin Number
November 2015 Codes of Conduct Written Codes of Conduct and Performance of Employees Engaged in the Procurement, Award, and Administration of Contracts -Action Required CNP-01-2015
September 2015 Revenue and Expenditure Tracking School Food Authorities Revenue and Expenditure Tracking for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and School Nutrition Program SNP-27-2015
August 2015 Area Eligibility Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs CNP-04-2015
July 2015 Farm to School Farm to School and School Garden Expenses SNP-08-2015
July 2015 Eligibility

Exceptions to U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy Memorandum SP 42-2014, SFSP 17-2014, and CACFP 11-2014: Sharing Aggregate Data to Expand Program Access and Services in Child Nutrition Programs

CNP-03-2015
July 2015 Meal Service Guidance on Prohibition of Separation by Gender During Child Nutrition Program Meal Service CNP-09-2015
July 2015 Meal Applications

Updated Guidance on Sharing of School Meal Applications and the Passing of Assembly Bill 1599

SNP-12-2015
July 2015 LEA Meal Application Review Release of the New Local Educational Agency Second Review of Applications Report SNP-32-2015
July 2015 Meal Applications Sharing School Meal Applications with CalFresh Offices SNP-31-2015
June 2015 Administrative Review Implementation of and Updates to the New Administrative Review Process SNP-23-2015
June 2015 Product Documentation

Guidance for Accepting Processed Product Documentation for Meal Pattern Requirements

CNP-07-2015
June 2015 Meals Food Consumption Outside the Foodservice Area CNP-05-2015
May 2015 CN Labels CN Labels Copied with a Watermark CNP-08-2015
May 2015 Competitive Foods Competitive Foods and Beverages: Summary and Overview of State and Federal Rules SNP-11-2015
April 2015 Disaster Relief Disaster Response CNP-02-2015
April 2015 Competitive Foods Competitive Foods and Beverages: Classifying Smoothies—Revised SNP-20-2015
March 2015 Competitive Foods Repeal of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value SNP-15-2015
March 2015 Direct Certification Eligibility Effective Date for Directly Certified Students SNP-17-2015
January 2015 Policy Memo Revenue Sharing in School Nutrition Programs SNP-09-2015
January 2015 Policy Memo Preventing Overt Identification of Children Certified for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals and Vending Machine Reimbursements SNP-05-2015
January 2015 FSMC Procuring and Monitoring of Food Service Management Contracts -Action Required SNP-13-2015

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Calendar Year 2014
Release Date Topic Subject Bulletin Number
December 2014 Cafeteria Funds U.S. Department of Agriculture Capital Expenditure List and the Prior Approval Process for School Food Authority Equipment Purchases SNP-38-2014
December 2014 Cafeteria Funds Documenting Employee Time and Effort in Federal School Nutrition Programs -Action Required
SNP-06-2014
October 2014 Reimbursement Rates Reimbursement Rates for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Programs for School Year 2014–15 SNP-31-2014
August 2014 Competitive Foods Competitive Foods and Beverages: Implementing the Definition of "Sold" SNP-28-2014
August 2014 Smart Snacks Grain Entrées and Exempt Fundraisers Related to the Smart Snacks in School Rule SNP-25-2014
August 2014 Eligibility Effective Date of Free or Reduced-price Meal Eligibility Determinations SNP-08-2014
August 2014 Meal Applications Amendment to Sharing of Meal Applications for Medi-Cal SNP-18-2014
May 2014 Head Start Questions and Answers on the Participation of Head Start Programs in Child Nutrition Programs CNP-05-2014
May 2014 At-risk Streamlining Child and Adult Care Food Program At-risk Afterschool Meal Participation for School Food Authorities -Action Required SNP-21-2014
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 Meal Requirements for Religious Reasons: Jewish Schools, Institutions, and Sponsors

CNP-04-2014

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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-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-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-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
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-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

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Calendar Year 2012
Bulletin Number Bulletin Title (Link) and Subject Release Date
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-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-27-2012 Access to Free Drinking Water—UPDATE July 2012
USDA-SNP-25-2012 Foster Children Now Eligible for Free Meals -Action Required May 2012
USDA-SNP-22-2012 Using School Attendance Area to Establish Open SFSP Sites -Action Required May 2012
USDA-SNP-19-2012 Procurement Geographic Preference Q and A May 2012
USDA-SNP-15-2012 Verification for Cause in the School Meals Programs June 2012
USDA-CNP-10-2012 Procurement Geographic Preference Q and As–Part II December 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-08-2012 Reminder: Direct Certification is Mandatory -Action Required
Reminder: Direct Certification is Mandatory in Federal Meal Programs for All Agency Types
April 2012

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Calendar Year 2011
Bulletin Number Bulletin Title (Link) and Subject Release Date
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-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-03-2011 Service Fees for On-line Prepayment of Meals August 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-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-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
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-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

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