JAN 25, 2012
FINAL MEAL PATTERN STANDARDS released to govern nutritional USDA school lunch and breakfast meal programs. Lunch rules take effect in the Fall.
MARCH - APRIL 2012
CERTIFICATION RULES will be released defining how schools will demonstrate eligibility for six-cent reimbursement rate “incentive” increase available next year.
MARCH - JUNE 2012
PROPOSED COMPETITIVE FOOD RULES issued to clarify how much oversight USDA will exert over non “school meal” foods sold across school campuses.
OCT 1, 2012
SCHOOLS BECOME ELIGIBLE for six-cent reimbursement rate increase intended to cover part of the higher food costs entailed by the new meal pattern standards.
JAN 2012 - JULY 2014
COMMUNITY ELIGIBILIY rules to ease qualification for Universal Feeding programs are In the process of state-by-state implementation now; all states eligible by mid-2014.
* Estimates; USDA FNS unable to confirm actual rule release dates or time frames