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Smoothies in the Child Nutrition Programs-Revised

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: Child Nutrition Program Sponsors

Attention: Food Program and Service Directors

Number: CNP-11-2015

Date: September 2015

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy Memorandum SP 10-2014 (v.3), CACFP 05-2014 (v.3), and SFSP 10-2014 (v.3)

Supersedes: Management Bulletin CNP-06-2015

Subject: Smoothies Offered in the Child Nutrition Programs—Revised

This Management Bulletin (MB) provides information and guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the crediting of smoothies in the child nutrition programs (CNP). The guidance focuses on the service of smoothies in the School Nutrition Programs (SNP) but is applicable across all CNPs (e.g., the Child and Adult Care Food Program [CACFP] and the Summer Food Service Program [SFSP]).


The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has modified the guidance on smoothies to allow for the crediting of vegetables and yogurt in smoothies at any meal or snack offered through the CNPs, including supper for the CACFP and SFSP. These additional ingredients provide variety to program operators seeking to include appealing and nutritious smoothies on their menus.

Please refer to the revised Policy Memorandum for a series of questions and answers that provide further clarification on how smoothies are credited under the CNPs. New or updated questions are noted with an asterisk.

USDA Policy Memorandum SP 10-2014(v.3), CACFP 05-2014 (v.3), SFSP 10-2014 (v.3): Smoothies Offered in Child Nutrition Programs—Revised is available on the USDA School Meals Policy Web page at
Contact Information
If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact your SNP, CACFP, or SFSP specialist.

School Nutrition Programs: The SNP county specialist list is available in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) Download Forms section, titled Caseload SNP. You may also contact an SNP office technician by phone at 916-322-1450 or 916-322-3005.

Child and Adult Care Food Program: The CACFP specialist list is available in the CNIPS Download Forms section, titled Caseload CACFP. You may also contact the CACFP office technician by phone at 916-327-2991 or 800-952-5609, Option 3.

Summer Food Service Program: The SFSP specialist list is available in the CNIPS Download Forms section, Form #SFSP 01. You may also contact the SFSP office technician by phone at 916-322-8323 or 800-952-5609, Option 3.


Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 29, 2018
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