USDA Issues Summer Food Service Program Final Rule

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USDA Issues Summer Food Service Program Final Rule

Last week, USDA published the final rule -- Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The regulatory changes will simplify program requirements for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) program operators and strengthen the integrity of the program. Through this final rule, USDA is codifying changes to the regulations that will streamline requirements among child nutrition programs, simplify the application process, enhance monitoring requirements, offer more clarity on existing requirements, and provide more discretion at the state agency level to manage program operations.

Key Aspects of the Final Rule:

  • Make permanent operational flexibilities that are demonstrated to work well in the SFSP while decreasing paperwork burdens. 
  • Give sponsors the ability to focus their program oversight and technical assistance on sites that need it most.
  • Ease redundant requirements for high performing, experienced program operators through a streamlined application process. 
  • Provide local control of meal service times and allow children to take one non-perishable item offsite to eat later.
  • End confusion around important standards and requirements by clarifying performance standards, program definitions, and other program requirements.
  • Codifies FNS’ statutory waiver authority for all child nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the SFSP.

See full Final Rule here