ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : FIN-09-008

Date Created : 08/08/2008


Co-op Directors
other: Child Nutrition Directors

Type of Memo: Regulatory
Response Required: No
Section:   Fiscal and Administrative Services - William J. Goff, Assistant Commissioner
New 2008 Eligibility Manual for School Meals

Regulatory Authority:
PL 108-265, 7CFR Part 245, USDA Policy Memo SP-06-2008

Contact Person:
Karen Franklin

Phone Number:


The '2008 Eligibility Manual for Schools Meals' has been revised to reflect changes made to the child nutrition program as a result of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (PL 108-265), final and interim regulations and policy clarifications issued since August 2001. This revised 2008 manual MUST BE USED in determining student eligibility for free or reduced price meals for the 2008-2009 school year.

This manual contains information on Federal requirements regarding the determination and verification of eligibility for free and reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. This manual has been adapted to Arkansas with approval by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The manual replaces the 2005 Eligibility Guidance for School Meals Manual issued in August 2005 by the Arkansas Department of Education, Child Nutrition Unit. Please discard the 2005 manual to avoid using the older version which could result in overclaims by the school district.

Three printed copies of the booklet were given to school district participants at the Child Nutrition Directors’ Conference held August 5-6, 2008. Districts that were not represented at the conference will have three copies of the manual mailed to them the week of August 11, 2008.

The manual can also be found on the Child Nutrition website at Go to the purple button marked “Eligibility Guidance” to download the manual. For additional information, contact the school district area specialist at 501-324-9502.


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