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Implementation Guidance for the Rural Non-congregate Option

January 12, 2024

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This memorandum includes an attachment highlighting key information on the new regulatory requirements for non-congregate summer meal service in rural areas. The information includes:

  • Reviews previously applicable regulatory requirements,
  • Specifies previously applicable FNS guidance, (including summer 2023 initial implementation guidance), and
  • Details the regulatory changes effected by the interim final rule

Why It Matters

As a newly permanent program, it is important for program operators to understand the requirements for non-congregate and how they differ from previous regulations. The information provided helps to ensure that non-congregate programs are successful and that more children are reached during the summer.

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FNS intends to issue additional guidance for implementation of the rural non-congregate summer meal service provisions, including Q&As.

Read the full guidance: Implementation Guidance for the Rural Non-congregate Option Provisions of the Interim Final Rule, Establishing the Summer EBT Program and Rural Non-Congregate Option in the Summer Meal Programs (SFSP 03-2024, SP 05-2024).