SP 05-2022: Q&A for Updated Meal Requirements – Nutrition (CA Dept of Education) – CA.gov

The economic implications of nutrition-related chronic disease are primarily reduced wages, higher employment costs, and reduced government revenue.

The policy memo contains updated questions and answers to reflect the transitional standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium which are intended to be temporary requirements in effect for School Years (SY) 2022–23 and 2023–24. While most of the questions and answers are unchanged from the original guidance in SP 38-2019: Meal Requirements under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Q&A for Program Operators, dated September 23, 2019, the Nutrition Services Division would like to specifically highlight the following updated guidance:

The USDA has invited the public to comment on the transitional rule to provide insight as they develop permanent meal standards which will be effective starting in SY 2024–25. Comments must be submitted in writing by March 24, 2022, by one of the following methods:

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