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New Eligibility Manual for School Meals Released

Mon, Aug 25th 2014 08:00 am

 The August 2014 version of the Eligibility Manual for School Meals has been released. This version incorporates clarifications requested by State agencies and FNS regional offices as well as applicable guidance issued since the last revision. In this version, (available for three months) major changes and clarifications are highlighted throughout the manual. The accompanying USDA memo, highlights new sections, and emphasizes key policies.

Two new areas added to this year's manual are Part 3: "Independent Review of Applications" and Part 7 "Effective Date of Eligibility Determination".

The 2014 manual also reinforces the importance of validating an active case number for migrant, homeless, or runaway status prior to certification and provides a definition for the Direct Certification method, "Automated Data Matching".