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Meal Claim Validation in the Summer Food Service Program

April 19, 2024

USDA released guidance outlining the process that State agencies must follow to validate SFSP sponsor meal claims during sponsor reviews. Read the guidance.

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Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas Questions and Answers 

February 21, 2024

USDA released guidance updating their Question and Answer document for rural non-congregate summer meals. Read the updated guidance.

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State agency Monitoring in the SFSP

February 14, 2024

USDA released guidance to clarify the new criteria States must consider when determining with SFSP sites require pre-approval visits. Read the guidance.

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Summer Meals: Meeting Families Where They Are 

February 13, 2024

Summer is a time of great uncertainty for many children who experience food insecurity. During the school year more than 30 million children receive breakfast and/or lunch at school, but during summer break children lose access to these daily meals. This is where the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Summer Electronic Benefit Transfers (EBT) come into play.

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Summer EBT Benefit Levels

January 30, 2024

FNS published a memo that outlines 2024 Summer EBT benefit levels for all states and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) operating the program, including the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories.

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Rural Non-Congregate in the SFSP: Management and Administration Plan and State Administrative Funds

January 22, 2024

USDA released guidance for state agencies that outlines changes required to their SFSP management and administration plans (MAPs).

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SFSP 2024 Reimbursement Rates

January 19, 2024

The USDA has released the SFSP reimbursement rates for 2024.

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Rural Designations in the Summer Meal Programs

January 19, 2024

USDA released a guidance memo explaining the revised definition of rural created in the interim final rule on the SFSP non-congregate option.

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Interim Final Rule: SFSP Rural Non-Congregate Option

January 16, 2024

USDA recently released a rule that allows non-congregate meal service to be used in the SFSP to help provide children in rural areas with equitable access to nutritious food.

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Implementation Guidance for the Rural Non-congregate Option

January 12, 2024

USDA released a memo that highlights key information on the new regulatory requirements for non-congregate summer meal service in rural areas.

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