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Certification $.06 for Meal Program


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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires the additional 6 cents per lunch reimbursement be provided to school food authorities (SFAs) certified by a State agency to be in compliance with the new meal pattern requirements. The additional 6 cents per lunch is intended to assist SFAs in meeting the new meal patterns and becomes available October 1, 2012 to SFAs certified by the State agency to be in compliance. While there is no deadline for submitting certification documentation, all SFAs are required to meet the new meal patterns effective July 1, 2012. The certification process for the 6 cents performance-based reimbursement works as follows:

  • SFA submits certification documentation to State agency
  • State agency makes a certification determination within 60 days
  • State agencies conduct validation reviews of 25 percent of certified SFAs in School Year (SY) 2012-2013
  • Certified SFAs must annually attest to ongoing compliance with the meal patterns through SY 2014-2015
  • Ongoing compliance with the meal pattern requirements is monitored during administrative reviews (currently known as coordinated review effort (CRE))

Details for submission in Iowa are still in development. The Certification process for Iowa will be emailed to SFAs and posted here when completed.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 went in to effect July 1, 2012. An additional reimbursement of 6 cents per reimbursable lunch is available for school food authorities certified to be in compliance with the new school meal patterns. The interim rule establishes the requirements related to certification and this new performance-based reimbursement. Below is the document of  Revised Questions and Answers from the USDA reflect questions they have received and provide additional information on these requirements.

USDA Final Rule: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

Getting Started

Certification-Getting Started (2012-08-06) - Information about how to prepare for submitting documents for certification.

Submitting Documents for Menu Certification

Menu Certification Submission Instructions - The information in this document will explain how to submit completed menu documents for State Agency approval.

USDA Worksheets

These are links to the USDA required forms.

SP 44-2012: Questions and Answers Related to the 6 Cents Certification Tool

SP 34-2012: Certification of Compliance with New Meal Patterns

SP 31-2012: Questions and Answers Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program (3rd revision)

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 11, 2017 at 6:26pm.