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Do You Want Kids to Have Easy Access to Free School Meals?

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10.14.2011 Submit comments to USDA! Through October 24th USDA will be accepting comments on it's interim rule "Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children for Free School Meals".

WHAT’S IN THE RULE?
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published an interim rule on April 24th that updates regulations on direct certification for free school meals for children living in households receiving SNAP/Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and the Federal Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and on the enrollment of homeless, migrant and runaway children. The rule addresses changes required by both the 2004 and 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization laws. It puts into formal rule policies that were previously implemented by FNS guidance memoranda. These policies simplify the enrollment process by extending free meal eligibility to all children in a household that receives SNAP,  TANF, or FDPIR, and by streamlining the requirements for homeless, runaway and migrant children.

Deadline: October 24th, 2011

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