USDA Policy Memo SP 11-2021 Extensions
On May 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), issued Policy Memorandum SP 11-2021, CACFP 10-2021, SFSP 06-2021: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: Effect on Child Nutrition Programs–Revised (PDF).
The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) received guidance on December 14, 2021, that the following two elements in this policy have been extended through February 18, 2022:
- Allowance for school food authorities (SFA) to serve low-fat (1 percent) flavored milk in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP)
- Prohibition of Child Nutrition Program funds being used to procure raw or processed poultry products from the People’s Republic of China referred in Section 764
As a reminder, the following two items also detailed in this same policy remain in effect for the full 2021–22 School Year:
- The allowance for SFAs participating in the SBP to credit any vegetable offered, including potatoes and other starchy vegetables, in place of fruit without including vegetables from other subgroups in the weekly menu
- The requirement that only an SFA having a negative balance in the nonprofit school food service account as of December 31, 2020, is required to establish a price for paid lunches served through the NSLP
FNS will provide additional guidance if these provisions are further extended.
Because the current meal pattern waiver extends through June 30, 2022, the NSD encourages SFAs to submit a meal pattern waiver for milk or any other allowable meal pattern waiver options.
If you have questions, please contact your program analyst or email your questions to HHFKA@cde.ca.gov.