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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 Memorandum 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; Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations

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 Legal Office has confirmed that this cooperation does not violate California State confidentiality laws. Regulations for each program, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), sections 210.23(d), 225.18(j), and 226.25(h), states:

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.

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.

Resources

The USDA policy memo related to this MB can be reviewed on the USDA School Meals Policy Web page at http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/policy.  

Agencies can access 7 CFR on the U.S. Government Publishing Office Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Web page at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?gp=&SID=4ca94ecbff61a0868cacf0a2f0ad157d&mc=true&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title07/7CIIsubchapA.tpl

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact the appropriate Nutrition Services Division specialist.

School Nutrition Programs

The SNP specialist list is available in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) Download Forms section, Form ID Caseload. You can also contact an SNP Office Technician (OT) by phone at 916-322-3005 or 916-322-1450.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

The CACFP specialist list is available in the CNIPS Download Forms section, Form ID CACFP 01. You can also contact a CACFP OT by phone at 916-327-2991 or 916-324-6153.

Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Meals Unit (SMU) specialist list is available in the CNIPS Download Forms section, Form ID SMU 01. You can also contact the SMU OT by phone at 916-322-8323.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 17, 2020
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