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Policy Memorandum SP 06-2020 Notice


On January 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that school food authorities (SFA) participating in the School Breakfast Program can continue to credit any vegetable offered, including potatoes and other starchy vegetables, in place of fruit without including vegetables from other subgroups in the weekly menus, through June 30, 2021. This flexibility is based on Section 749 of Division B of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-94) (Appropriations Act), enacted on December 20, 2019. This memorandum supersedes SP 16–2019: School Breakfast Program: Substitution of Vegetables for Fruit, March 18, 2019. This provision provides additional flexibility in planning breakfast menus but does not require SFAs to make any menu changes.

You can view this policy memo on the USDA School Meals Policy web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

The California Department of Education will not issue a management bulletin on this topic.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Julie BoarerPitchford, Nutrition Education Consultant, by phone at 916-322-1563 or by email at jboarerpitchford@cde.ca.gov.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, February 7, 2020
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