Initial Implementation Memo Supporting Release of USDA’s Final Rule: Child Nutrition Program Integrity

On August 23, 2023, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a final rule, Child Nutrition Program Integrity. The final rule impacts the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program (SMP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The rule finalizes provisions which strengthen program integrity while providing State agencies targeted flexibility to adapt oversight to meet their unique program circumstances. In addition, the final rule codifies into regulations CACFP provisions which have been common practice and previously implemented through guidance memos.

FNS is pleased to announce the release of SP 21-2023, CACFP 10-2023, SFSP 12-2023, “Initial Implementation Memorandum: Child Nutrition Program Integrity Final Rule.” This memorandum and attachment provide an overview of the final rule to assist State agencies as they implement the provisions of the final rule.

The final rule is available as of, August 23, 2023, on the Federal Register:

PDF Version of Memo Click: SP21-2023_CACFP10-2023_SFSP12-2023s

Program operators with questions concerning this guidance should contact Alabama State Department of Education at (334) 694-4656.