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GUAM
STATE AGENCY


for
Child Nutrition Programs 
and 
Food Distribution Programs

STATE EDUCATIONAL AGENCY (SEA)

GRANTOR: 	United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
			Food Nutrition Service (FNS)

GRANTEE: 	Department of Education, Government of Guam 
			

Designated State Official:  Superintendent of Education	



State Official:  	Jon J.P. Fernandez	Superintendent of Education (Chief State School Officer)
State Administrator:	Ike C. Santos	Federal Programs Administrator (State Grants Administrator)


Designated State Office to Administer Program:
State Office of Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs
Food and Nutrition Services Management Division

Dina S.N. Lorenzo	Program Coordinator IV 		{All CNP Programs}         
Ruth LG Benavente	Program Coordinator III		{Fresh Fruits & Vegetables/School Food Distribution/ Food Distribution Program/The Emergency
                                                                                                     Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)}

Joseph C. Siongco	Federal Program Examiner II 	{NSLP/NSB/CACFP/SFSP}
Franklin J. Cruz		Program Coordinator III		{Financial}
Mathew Sablan                 Program Coordinator III                    {Team Nutrition/New Meal Pattern}
Jesse Rosario		Program Coordinator III		{Team Nutrition/New Meal Pattern/NSLP/NSB/Fresh Fruits and Vegetables}
DeAnndra Chargualaf       Program Coordinator III                   
Brenda Judicpa                 Program Coordinator III
Richard Luzanta                Program Coordinator III

Designated Local Educational Agency (School Food Authority- SFA) to Implement Programs:  


Department of Education (GUAM)

Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS/DODEA)

Department Youth Affairs (DYA) - RCCI

Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors
GPSS Head Start Centers
Andersen Child Development Center
Naval Station Child Development Center
Naval Hospital MWR Child Care

Food Distribution Agency
Department of Education, Government of Guam




PROGRAM GENERAL OVERVIEW:

The Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Division of Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) including the: National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Children, Nutrition Education and Food Distribution Programs – School Commodity Program (SCP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). 

These programs are authorized by the National School Lunch Act of 1946 and the Child Nutrition Act (CNA) of 1966.  All are administered by the Department of Education, Government of Guam,  (formerly known as the Guam Public School System) State Agency Office of Child Nutrition & Food Distribution Programs.

These programs are administered through grants to State Agencies.  Each State Agency enters into agreements with sub-recipient organizations and recipient agencies for local level operation and the delivery of program benefits and services to eligible children and families. 


PROGRAM PURPOSE:

The purpose is intended to update the policy to reflect changes in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations for the various Child Nutrition Programs for the Department of Education, Government of Guam,  Domestic Dependent of Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS-DODEA), Department of Youth Affairs (DYA), Private and Military Child Care Centers/Homes, and all other participants, sponsors, distribution agencies, and local educational agencies of the Territory of Guam.  As set by the United States Federal Code 7 CFR Parts 210, 220, 226, 235, 245, 250 and 251 requires the Guam State Agency for the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs to administer and assist local educational agencies and distribution agencies in program management and accountability.  This Manual Guidance provides local educational agencies distribution agencies the required revisions needed in order to comply with accountability regulations and other regulatory changes.


SCOPE:

This procedural rule establishes operational policy that enhances child nutrition and provides for an efficient operation of the programs. The procedures relate to the school breakfast, school lunch, after-school snack, child and adult care and nutrition education programs.


Mission: 

The MISSION of the State Agency for the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs is to PROMOTE enhanced learning and PREPARE students for quality of life by PROVIDING support through nutrition education and nutrition services.	


Importance of Child Nutrition Programs

Federal child nutrition programs help ensures that children in low-income families are getting the food they need to be healthy and productive.  The rate of child poverty in the United States was 17 percent in 2004.  Two or Three times higher than in other developed countries.  At the same time, Census Bureau statistics showed 11.9 percent of all U.S. householde4s were food insecure and there were 13 million children living in households that experienced food insecurity.  

Research shows that even moderate under nutrition can have lasting effects on cognitive development of children.  For poor and near-poor families, the nutrition programs are a safety net they cannot afford to do without.


Major Functions and Programs

Major functions are categorized in the areas of administration, technical assistance and training, monitoring and accountability, and outreach. 
The State Office for the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs works to achieve the following: 
Ensure that children are served nutritious meals that are appealing.
Increase efficiency and accountability in the food service operations.
Enable educators, food service personnel and parents to positively influence children's eating habits.
Collaborate with other governmental and community agencies in establishing goals and nutrition services for children.
Optimize the effectiveness of child nutrition personnel.
Promote and expand child nutrition programs.







PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) – CFDA# 10.555
Objective: To assist States, through cash grants, in making the school lunch program available to school students and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agriculture commodities.


National School Breakfast Program (SBP) – CFDA# 10.553
Objective:  To assist States in providing a nutritious nonprofit breakfast service for school students, through cash grants and food donations.


Summer Food Service for Children (SFSP) – CFDA# 10.559
Objective:  To assist States, through grants-in-aids and other means, to conduct nonprofit food service programs for low-income children during the summer months and at other approved times, when area schools are closed for vacation. 


Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – CFDA# 10.558

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – CFDA# 10.568
Objective: To help supplement the diets of low-income persons by making funds available to States for processing, storage and distribution costs incurred by State agencies and local organizations in providing food assistance to needy persons. 


State Administrative Expense (SAE) – CFDA# 10.560
Objective: To provide each State agency with funds for its administrative expenses in supervising and giving technical assistance to local schools, school districts and institutions in their conduct of Child Nutrition Programs. State agencies that administer the distribution of USDA donated commodities to schools or child or adult care institutions are also provided with State Administrative Expense (SAE) funds.






GENERAL PURPOSE and SCOPE
7 CFR Parts 210, 220, 226, 235, 245, 250 and 251: Subpart A

§ 210.1 National School Lunch Program
(a) Purpose of the program. Section 2 of the National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751), states: ‘‘It is declared to be the policy of Congress, as a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food, by assisting the States, through grants-in-aid and other means, in providing an adequate supply of food and other facilities for the establishment, maintenance, operation, and expansion of nonprofit school lunch programs.’’ Pursuant to this act, the Department provides States with general and special cash assistance and donations of foods acquired by the Department to be used to assist schools in serving nutritious lunches to children each school day. In furtherance of Program objectives, participating schools shall serve lunches that are nutritionally adequate, as set forth in these regulations, and shall to the extent practicable, ensure that participating children gain a full understanding of the relationship between proper eating and good health.
(b) Scope of the regulations. This part sets forth the requirements for participation in the National School Lunch and Commodity School Programs. It specifies Program responsibilities of State and local officials in the areas of program administration, preparation and service of nutritious lunches, payment of funds, use of program funds, program monitoring, and reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

Program Uses and Use Restrictions
Federally appropriated National School Lunch Program funds are available to each State agency to reimburse participating public and nonprofit private schools, of high school grade or under, including residential child care institutions, for lunches meeting the nutritional requirements prescribed by the Secretary of Agriculture, served to eligible students.  Participating schools are reimbursed at National Average Payment rates prescribed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and adjusted on an annual basis to reflect changes in the food away from home series of the consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.  All participating schools must agree to serve free and reduced price meals to eligible children.  To be eligible for federal reimbursement, lunches must contain the food items prescribed by program regulations.  All meals the school food authority (SFA) reports to the state agency for reimbursement must (1) be supported by accurate meal counts and records, and (2) be served to eligible children. 

§ 220.1 National School Breakfast Program 
This part announces the policies and prescribes the regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, which authorizes payments to the States to assist them to initiate, maintain, or expand nonprofit breakfast programs in schools.

Program Uses and Use Restrictions
Federally appropriated School Breakfast Program funds are available to reimburse participating public and nonprofit private schools, of high school grade or under, for breakfasts meeting the nutritional requirements prescribed by the Secretary of Agriculture, served to eligible children.  All participating schools must agree to serve free and reduced price meals to eligible students, and to operate the program on a nonprofit basis for all children regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability.  To be eligible for federal reimbursement, breakfasts must contain the food items prescribed by program regulations.  All meals the school food authority (SFA) reports to the state agency for reimbursement must (1) be supported by accurate meal counts and records, and (2) be served to eligible children.


§ 225.1 Summer Food Service Program
This part establishes the regulations under which the Secretary will administer a Summer Food Service Program.  Section 13 of the Act authorizes the Secretary to assist States through grants-in-aid to conduct nonprofit food service programs for children during the summer months and at other approved times. The primary purpose of the Program is to provide food service to children from needy areas during periods when area schools are closed for vacation.

Program Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds are made available for disbursement to eligible service institutions (“sponsors” and “SFA” will be used throughout this document to refer to such institutions) which provide free meals to children in areas where at least 50 percent of the children meet the income eligibility criteria for free and reduced price lunches under the NSLP and SBP.  Meals may be served to children 18 and under, and individuals over 18 who participate in State approved programs for persons with disabilities through the age of 21.  The program generally operates during the months of May through September at site locations where regularly scheduled food service programs are provided for children.  Service institutions operating food programs for children on school vacation under a continuous year-round calendar may apply for participation in other months.  Disbursement to service institutions equals a meal rate times the number of meals served per meal type Meals must meet minimum requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


§226.1 Child and Adult Care Food Program






§ 235.1 State Administrative Expense Funds
This part announces the policies and prescribes the regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of section 7 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended. It prescribes the methods for making payments of funds to State agencies for use for administrative expenses incurred in supervising and giving technical assistance in connection with activities undertaken by them under the National School Lunch Program (7 CFR part 210), the School Breakfast Program (7 CFR part 220), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (7 CFR part 226), the Food Distribution Program (7 CFR part 250), and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (7 CFR part 251).

§ 245.1 Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools 
(a) This part established the responsibilities of State agencies, Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices (where applicable), and School Food Authorities in providing free and reduced price meals and free milk in the National School Lunch Program (7 CFR part 210), the School Breakfast Program (7 CFR part 220), the Special Milk Program for Children (7 CFR part 215), and commodity schools. Section 9 of the National School Lunch Act, as amended, and sections 3 and 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, require schools participating in any of the programs and commodity schools to make available, as applicable, free and reduced price lunches, breakfasts, and at the option of the School Food Authority for schools participating only in the Special Milk Program free milk to eligible children. 
(b) This part sets forth the responsibilities under these Acts of State agencies, the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices, and School Food Authorities with respect to the establishment of income guidelines, determination of eligibility of children for free and reduced price meals, and for free milk and assurance that there is no physical segregation of, or other discrimination against, or overt identification of children unable to pay the full price for meals or milk. 



§ 250.1   Donation of Foods for Use in the United States, its Territories and Possessions and Area under its Jurisdiction 
This part prescribes the terms and conditions under which donated foods may be obtained from the Department by Federal, State and private agencies for use in any State in child nutrition programs, nonprofit summer camps for children, charitable institutions, nutrition programs for the elderly, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, the Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations and the assistance of needy persons.


§ 251.1 The Emergency Food Assistance Program
This part announces the policies and prescribes the regulations necessary to carry out certain provisions of the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983, (7 U.S.C. 612c note).



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