Send Your Comments Now on School Nutrition Program Crediting

February 28, 2018 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

1378633_man_with_a_megaphone_1State and local stakeholders in the School Nutrition Program, take notice: the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has given you more time to address a key issue related to funding meals under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program.

FNS is responsible for establishing and supporting the meal patterns and nutrition standards in the Child Nutrition Programs that encourage nutritious and satisfying meals to a broad population of children. FNS also aims to simplify the menu planning process for program operators to ensure program funds are used efficiently and provide a wide variety of food choices to menu planners and children.

To claim federal reimbursement, Child Nutrition Program operators must serve meals and snacks that meet the minimum meal pattern requirements of the respective program. FNS has designed a crediting process to specify how individual food items contribute to the Child Nutrition Programs’ meal patterns. Several factors impact how food products can credit toward reimbursable meals, such as volume, weight and overall nutrient profile.

FNS issued a request for information last December to gather stakeholder feedback on how FNS’ crediting system can best address current food and nutrition needs, and to provide better service to schools operating and individuals benefiting from the Child Nutrition Programs. Along with requesting general comments about the crediting process, FNS also sought views on the crediting of several specific food products. The agency said it was especially interested in understanding both the possible benefits and any negative impacts associated with potential changes to how certain foods may or may not credit.

FNS has now extended the comment period deadline from Feb. 12 to April 23. More information about the request for information is available here. FNS looks forward to getting your feedback so make your comments and concerns known.

Do you have any concerns about crediting in the School Nutrition Programs? We’d love to hear from you.

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