School Nutrition Acronyms & Terms

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American Association of School Business Officials
Area Consultant.  Member of Review and Technical Assistance Unit staff, School Nutrition Division, Georgia Department of Education.
American Commodity Distribution Association.  Professional association of local and state personnel, government and industry with interest in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods Program.
Americans with Disabilities Act.  Formerly, American Dietetic Association (now Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).
Average daily attendance.   The figure representing a school’s or school system’s attendance per day averaged over a period of time.
Administrative Unit.  The unit within the School Nutrition Division of the Georgia Department of Education that provides operational support to the state and local School Nutrition Programs in Georgia.  This includes the administration and disbursement of important school nutrition documentation, contacts, and associations.
Average daily participation.  Average daily number of students served school lunch (or breakfast); may also be expressed as a percentage of students in attendance.
Action for Healthy Kids
Agricultural Marketing Service of USDA.  Agency responsible for purchasing surplus removal commodities such as meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Administrative Review.  A federally-prescribed review system used by the State Agency to monitor School Food Authority programs.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  An equipment assistance grants program created to shore up infrastructures and to stimulate the economy.  Georgia received over $4.4 million, the fifth largest grantee in the nation.
Afterschool Care Program.  The National School Lunch Program offers cash reimbursement to help schools serve snacks to children in afterschool activities aimed at promoting the health and well-being of children and youth in our communities.  A school must provide children with regularly scheduled activities in an organized, structured and supervised environment; include educational or enrichment activities (e.g. mentoring or tutoring programs).
Attendance Factor
Attendance as a percentage of enrollment at either the school or School Food Authority (SFA) level.  In the absence of a local attendance factor, the SFA can use the state factor.
Audit, single
Compliance audit that meets federal audit requirements of the federal OMB Circular A-133.

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Body mass index
Bonus Commodity
A food item not charged against Planned Assistance Level.
That part of lunch, either all or part of one or more food or menu items, that is broken out from the lunch meal and served as a snack at another time during the day for younger children.
Bright from the Start
Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning

CCACFPChild and Adult Care Food Program.  Administered by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and provides reimbursement for meals and/or snacks to children in child care centers, including pre- kindergarten programs, family daycare homes and after-school programs.CAPCorrective action plan.  Plan developed by SFA to address federal/state review findings.Cash in lieuMonies issued for purchase of specified foods instead of donated commodities.

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Catered meals
Meals prepared and/or served by the School Nutrition Program through contract to a group, organization, etc., including another school.
Council of Chief State School Officers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Community Eligibility Provision.  An alternative provided in The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 to collecting applications for free and reduced meals in high poverty areas.  With CEP, reimbursement is based on claiming percentages derived from “identified student percentages”.  Identified student percentages refer to the percent of enrolled students who are approved free without an application, including students who are directly certified, homeless, migrant, or foster approved from a listing.  A formula is applied to the percentage of identified eligibles to determine the percentage of free meals that can be claimed.
CFR (Title 7)
Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations.  A codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by USDA.  The following parts directly relate to School Nutrition:

  • Part 210: National School Lunch Program
  • Part 215: Special Milk Program for Children
  • Part 220: School Breakfast Program
  • Part 225: Summer Food Service Program
  • Part 226: Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Part 227: Nutrition Education and Training Program
  • Part 240: Cash in lieu of Commodities
  • Part 245: Determining Eligibility for Free/Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools
  • Part 250: Food Distribution Program
Children Health Insurance Program for States; PeachCare in Georgia
Civil Rights
Assurances that program beneficiaries or employees (equal employment opportunity) are not discriminated against or denied benefits on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, political beliefs, parental status, protected genetic information, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.
Request submitted monthly online via the School Nutrition Online (SNO) database to the School Nutrition Claims Unit of the Georgia Department of Education Accounting Division for reimbursement of program meals served.
Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area
Child Nutrition Act of 1966
CN Label
Child Nutrition Label.  A special label developed as part of a voluntary federal labeling program for food manufacturers and administered by the USDA.  The CN label indicates a product’s component and quantity contributions to program meals.  Not required in Georgia for processed items.
Child Nutrition Program.  Programs administered and funded by USDA, including Child and Adult Care Food Program, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, and Summer Food Service Program.
Competitive Foods
Those foods restricted by federal and state rules from sale at school; see 7 CFR Part 210.11 and Georgia Rule, Code EE, 160-5-6-.01, Statewide School Nutrition Program.
One of the five food groups that comprise reimbursable lunches.  These are meats/meat alternates, grains, fruits, vegetables and fluid milk.  Schools must always offer all five food components in at least the minimum required amounts.
Any location that physically accepts delivery of USDA foods directly from USDA’s vendors on behalf of Georgia Recipient Agencies (RAs).  Georgia utilizes two types of consignees—commercial entities (which are referred to as “commercial distributors”) under contract to receive, store and deliver USDA foods to RAs and “direct ship” entities which are RAs that receive all or part of their USDA foods directly from USDA’s assigned vendors into their own system’s warehouse or a warehouse with which the RA directly contracts.
Comma Separated Value.  A method that allows School Food Authorities to extract data from School Nutrition Online reports and utilize it in spreadsheet applications to develop customized reports.
Culinary Institute I & II
Annual training by a state college or university for the purpose of enhancing personal wellness and nutrition culinary skills.

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Distributing Agency.  A state, federal or private agency distributing USDA foods (referred to as “donated commodities” in CFR Title 7).
Department of Early Care and Learning; also known as Bright from the Start
DE Forms
Georgia Department of Education developed forms for use in the SNP for recordkeeping and/or reporting.
Delivery Order Number
A unique number assigned to each shipment of USDA foods specifying the commodity code, state, USDA’s letter code for the school year and specific truckload number.  Example:  A210113H001
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Georgia Department of Education; now known as GaDOE
Donated Foods
Agricultural food items made available by USDA to Child Nutrition Program participants as “price support” or “surplus removal”.  In Georgia, we use the term “USDA Foods” in lieu of using the word “donated”.

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Edit Checks
Monthly review of meal counts against attendance and number of eligible students for the purpose of detecting errors.
End of message or end of month

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F & RP Policy
Free and Reduced-Price Meal Policy Statement
Food Buying Guide
Finance and Budget Unit.  The unit within the School Nutrition Division of the Georgia Department of Education that serves as a point of reference for the School Nutrition Online application, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and financial management.
Food and Drug Administration
Food Distribution Program
Food Distribution Unit.  The unit within the School Nutrition Division of the Georgia Department of Education that oversees USDA Foods, state processing, procurement and Department of Defense.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  Provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks offered outside the meal period.  It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.  Funds are awarded based on a competitive grants application process to elementary schools with at least 50% of their enrollment eligible for free or reduced price meals.
Federal Register
Document that provides a uniform system for making available to the public regulations (proposed, interim and final) and legal notices issued by federal agencies.
Fee for Service
A method by which the School Food Authority pays the food processor to convert USDA foods into more usable end product forms.  The price charged is by pound or by case representing a processor’s costs of ingredients (other than the USDA food), labor, packaging, overhead and other costs incurred in converting USDA foods into the end product.
Final federal rules
See Regulations.
Report submitted monthly online via the School Nutrition Online database documenting School Food Authority School Nutrition Program revenues, expenditures, and inventory.
Fair Labor Standards Act; administered in Georgia by the Department of Labor.
Food of minimal nutritional value
Food and Nutrition Service.  A unit within the USDA that administers the Child Nutrition, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Women, Infants and Children and Food Distribution Programs.
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Southeast Regional Office.  One of six regional offices in the United States located in Atlanta.  Provides technical and regulatory assistance to State Agencies (SAs) (as opposed to local agencies) and monitors SAs.
Food Item
A specific food offered within the five food components.
Food Research and Action Committee
Farm Service Agency of USDA.  Agency responsible for the acquisition, procurement, storage, and distribution of USDA foods.
Free Meals
Child Nutrition Program meals served at no cost to children from households eligible for such benefits under 7 CFR Part 245; currently, incomes under 130% of poverty.
Food Service Equipment Assistance.  Federal matching funds previously available to SNP participants for purchase of large equipment.
Food Safety and Inspection Service.  USDA agency responsible for inspecting wholesomeness of meat and poultry products.
Food Service Management Company.  A commercial enterprise of non-profit organization that contracts with school boards to manage any aspect of the school food service.
Full time equivalent.  A unit used for determining school attendance/enrollment/membership for education funding purposes; for the purpose of calculating state school lunch funds earned, an entity that produces 85 lunches in an eight-hour period.
Fiscal Year
For your information

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Georgia Department of Education
Georgia Association of Educators
Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Formerly Georgia Dietetic Association.
Georgia Association of Educational Leaders
Government Accountability Office
Georgia Association of School Business Officials
Georgia Association of School Nurses
Georgia Dietetic Association.  Now Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

GGEDGeneral Educational Development.  Passing the GED test gives those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency credential.Georgia MilestonesThe Georgia Milestones Assessment System is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school.  Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in each content area, while high school students will take an end-of-course assessment for each of the eight courses designated by the State Board of Education. GLCGeorgia Learning Connection. An on-line resource for classroom teachers.  Replaced by Georgia Standards.Org.Group AFruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, and fish products provided under USDA’s Food Distribution Program.Group BPeanut, grain, dairy, and oil products provided under USDA’s Food Distribution Program.GSBAGeorgia School Boards AssociationGSNAGeorgia School Nutrition Association.  Professional association of Georgia school nutrition personnel.GuidanceAuthority governing program issued by USDA.

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Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points.  HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution, and consumption of the finished product.
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  The law was passed to help reduce America’s childhood obesity epidemic and reduce health risks for America’s children by helping schools across the country produce balanced meals so children have access to healthy foods during the school day.

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Institute of Child Nutrition; formerly National Food Service Management Institute
Identified Students
Students certified for free meals through means other than individual household applications; this primarily includes students who are directly certified for free meals on the basis of their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.  It also includes homeless, runaway, Head Start, Even Start, and migrant youth.  It does not include students who are categorically eligible based on submission of a free and reduced price application.
Income Eligibility Guidelines.  Income ranges, based on household size, within which students qualify for free, reduced-price, or paid meals.
Individualized Education Plan
Indirect Costs
Those costs that are an indirect expense of operating the program, but that may or may not be charged to the program.
Instruction, Federal
Authority governing program issued by USDA.
Interim Federal Regulations
Rule or regulation that has the effect of a final rule or regulation until the comment period is ended and the final rule or regulation is published.
Institute of Medicine
Identified Student Percentage.  The percentage determined by dividing the number of ‘‘identified students’’ as of a specified period of time by the number of ‘‘enrolled students’’ as of the same period of time and multiplying the quotient by 100.

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Legislative Action Conference
Local Board of Education
Local Education Authority
Local Unit of Administration.  Includes local school districts and Regional Educational Service Agencies.
Local Wellness Policy.  Local wellness policies are an important tool for parents, local educational agencies and school districts in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.

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Manager Classification Reporting System.  School Nutrition Online database used to track classification of persons completing Training-in-Depth courses to meet the requirements of State Board of Education Rule EE 160-5-6-.01.
Meal Pattern
Required components of the reimbursable breakfast or lunch.
Meal planning option.  Provided by federal regulations for planning school meals.


Metropolitan Statistical Area

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Nutrition Advisory Council.  Sponsored by the School Nutrition Association and its state affiliates.
National Average Payment
National Association of State Boards of Education
Needs Assessment
Systematic process for determining the scope, extent, reach, and success of a project or activity.  Used in the planning process.
Nutrition Education and Training Program.  Federally authorized program currently without federal appropriations; replaced by Team Nutrition and the National Food Service Management Institute.
National Food Service Management Institute.  Now known as Institute of Child Nutrition.
Non-governmental Organization
National Master Processing Agreements.  One national agreement (one agreement per manufacturing company) entered into by USDA to turn USDA foods into more usable forms or end products, e.g. ground beef into cooked hamburger patties.
Nonpricing Program
An institution in which there is no separate identifiable charge made for meals served to participants.
When applied to schools or institutions eligible for Child Nutrition Programs, means public institution or private non-profit institution exempt from income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended and that limits net cash resources to 3 months operating expense.
Nonprofit Program
School Nutrition Program maintained by a school for the benefit of enrolled children, all income from which is used solely for the operation or improvement of the program.
National School Breakfast Week.  Held the first week of March.
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended
National School Lunch Program
National School Lunch Week.  Held the week beginning the second Sunday in October.
Nutrient Analysis
Method of manually or electronically calculating the nutrient content of school meals.
Nutrient Standard
Specific nutrient requirements and guidelines for targeted dietary elements that are required of lunch and breakfast.
Nutrition ID
Number assigned to each manager profile by the Manager Classification Reporting System.

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Office of Inspector General
Office of Management and Budget of the Executive Branch of Federal Government
On-site Preparation
Food prepared in the school kitchen where it is to be served.
Operating Days
Days when school meals are served.
Occupational Safety Health Administration
Offer versus Serve.  OVS is a concept that applies to menu planning and the meal service.  OVS allows students to decline some of the food offered in a reimbursable lunch or breakfast.  The goals of this option are to reduce food waste and to permit students to choose the foods they want to eat.

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Professional Association of Georgia Educators
Paid Meals
Child Nutrition Program meals sold to children not eligible for free or reduced-price meals (incomes above 185% of poverty) and reimbursed at the federally-prescribed rate.
Planned Assistance Level. Value of USDA foods earned by a school based on reimbursable lunches served.
Student who accepts/purchases program meals.
Number of students taking part in the program, i.e., accepting or purchasing meals.
Processed Commodity Inventory Management System.  A computerized system utilized by USDA’s procurement agency in the Kansas City Commodity Office to obtain the USDA foods for USDA FDPs.
Personal Identification Number
Public Law.  Each Congress has a number; a numbered public law reference to a particular piece of federal legislation; in the case of school nutrition, an amendment to the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the 1966 Child Nutrition Act.
Plate Waste
Food selected by students and not eaten; reason for initial provision of Offer versus Serve.
Paid Lunch Equity
Professional Learning Unit.  Credit for continuing education that is applicable toward professional certificate renewal.  Ten PLUs are required to be earned and submitted to the Professional Standards Commission every five years.
Purchase Order
Policy, Federal
Authority governing program issued by USDA.
Point-of-Service.  That point in the service of the meal where a determination can accurately be made that a reimbursable free, reduced-price or paid lunch has been served to an eligible child.
Processing Contract
Agreement entered into by a State Agency or School Food Authority to turn USDA foods into more usable forms or end products, e.g. ground beef into cooked hamburger patties.
Procurement Standards
Guidelines for the procurement of supplies, equipment and services by federal assistance programs.
Proposed Regulations
Federal regulations written for public comment; are not enforceable until published in interim or final form.
Proposed Rules
See Proposed Regulations.
Professional Standards Commission
Public School Employees Retirement System
Professional Standards and Training Unit.  The unit within the School Nutrition Division of the Georgia Department of Education dedicated to providing training and staff development resources for local School Nutrition Directors, Managers, and other School Nutrition Program staff to assure that School Food Authorities are compliant with both the State of Georgia Board of Education Rules for Professional Standards and the USDA Professional Standards (as required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010).
Parent Teacher Association/Organization

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Quality Basic Education
Quality Core Curriculum.  Curriculum upon which nutrition education activities must be based.
Quality Measures for
Georgia’s School Nutrition Program
A reference document containing performance standards for Georgia’s School Nutrition Program (13 topics).  Local superintendents may request program assessments of a non-regulatory nature to assess the degree of implementation of these standards locally.

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Recipient Agency.  A state or local entity participating in the FDP that receives foods for its own use or for distribution to eligible recipients.
Residential Child Care Institution
Recommended Dietary Allowances
Rebate System
Method by which the School Food Authority receives cash from the food processor to cover the value of USDA foods contained in foods they have purchased.
Record Retention
The period of time that federal and state records must be maintained; 5 years plus current year, except in case of review or audit finding when records must be kept indefinitely.
Reduced-price Meals
Child Nutrition Program meals served to students who are eligible based on income eligibility meal guidelines (incomes between 130% and 185% of poverty) and for which they do not pay the full price.
Federally-written instructions for implementing public laws.
Reimbursable Meals
Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks that meet minimum federal nutrition requirements.
Federal financial assistance for meals served that meet program requirements.
Regional Educational Service Agency
Process whereby State Agency staff monitor compliance according to federally prescribed procedures known as the Administrative Review; also, a Quality Measures Review that is of a non-regulatory nature.
Request for proposal.  A solicitation made, often through a bidding process, by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals.
Review and Technical Assistance Unit.  The unit within the School Nutrition Division of the Georgia Department of Education responsible for the regulation and compliance of USDA’s Code of Federal Regulations as it pertains to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack Program, Seamless Summer Option, and Special Provision.  RTAU is responsible for certification approval, training in regulatory areas, and monitoring.
Rules, State
Georgia Board of Education policy governing public education; also a reference to federal regulations.

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State Agency.  That agency in the state that has jurisdiction over Child Nutrition Programs, i.e. the Georgia Department of Education.  (Sometimes referred to as the State Distributing Agency when referring to the Food Distribution Program.)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  A credentialing organization that certifies voluntary compliance with education standards.
SAE Funds
State Administrative Expense funds.  Federal funds paid to the SA, according to an established formula, for administration of Child Nutrition Programs.
School Application Information.  A section within the School Nutrition Online School Approval Module that is required annually by the Georgia Department of Education.
Satellite Food Service
A food delivery system where food is transported and served at a different site than where it is prepared.
State Board of Education
School Breakfast Program
Substitute course in the Manager Classification Reporting System.
(a) An educational unit of high school grade or under, recognized as part of the educational system in the State and operating under public or nonprofit private ownership in a single building or complex of buildings; (b) any public or nonprofit private classes of preprimary grade when they are conducted in the aforementioned schools; (c) any public or nonprofit private residential child care institution, or distinct part of such institution, which operates principally for the care of children, and if private, is licensed to provide residential child care services under the appropriate licensing code by the State or a subordinate level of government, except for residential summer camps which participate in the Summer Food service Program for children, Job Corps centers funded by the Department of Labor and private foster homes.  (Definition continued on next page.)  The term “residential child care institutions” includes, but is not limited to:  homes for the mentally, emotionally or physically impaired, and unmarried mothers and their infants; group homes; halfway houses; orphanages; temporary shelters for abused child and for runaway children; long-term care facilities for chronically ill children; and juvenile detention centers.  A long-term care facility is a hospital, skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facility or distinct part thereof, which is intended for the care of children confined for 30 days or more.
State Department of Education
Section 4 Funds
Federal funds appropriated for all lunches; usually called general assistance funds.
Section 11 Funds
Federal funds appropriated for free and reduced-price meals; usually called special assistance funds.
Southeast Regional Office of the Food and Nutrition Service, USDA; located in Atlanta.
Severe Need
Breakfasts served in schools that served over 40% of lunches to free and reduced-price students in the second preceding year; schools earn additional federal reimbursement.  Severe need lunches are those served in schools that served more than 60% of lunches to free and reduced-price eligibles in the second preceding year.
School Food Authority.  The governing body which is responsible for the administration of one or more schools and has the legal authority to operate the program therein; a local education agency.
Summer Food Service Program.  Administered by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
Shipping Period
A specified timeframe for USDA vendors to ship USDA foods.
School Lunch Program (National School Lunch Program)
School Meals Initiative.  Eliminated July 1, 2013, when the Final Meal Pattern Rule was implemented.
Special Milk Program
School Nutrition Association.  Professional association of school nutrition personnel.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  Formerly Food Stamp Program.
School Nutrition Directors’ Advisory Committee.  A group of directors/coordinators who volunteer to sit on the committee for approximately 2 years and act as a think tank for and liaisons to other directors in the state of Georgia.
School Nutrition Online database
School Nutrition Program.  Division where National School Lunch, Breakfast, Special Milk, Seamless Summer Option, Afterschool Care, USDA Foods and nutrition education and food service management training are administered within the Georgia Department of Education.
Standard Operating Procedure
Special Assistance and
Reimbursement Alternatives
A federal paperwork reduction program under which schools serve meals to all students at no cost to the student.
Seamless Summer Option.  Is designed to encourage more School Food Authorities (SFAs) to provide meals during summer and other school vacation periods.  This option combines features of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program.  It reduces paperwork and makes it easier for SFAs to feed children in low income areas.
Standard of Identity
Government standard for content, preparation, and labeling of a food.  Standards of Identity dictate specific (and optional) ingredients a food must contain when a product is to be labeled or identified by a common product name.  Standards for meat products are developed by the USDA and for other food products by the Food and Drug Administration.
State Advisory Council for
Food Distribution
Council composed of representatives from Recipient Agencies in the state that participate in the National School Lunch Program; the purpose of which is to advise the State Agency as to the manner of selection and distribution of USDA foods; informal in Georgia.
State Director
Person who has been assigned the responsibility of administering Child Nutrition Programs in the State Agency.
State Plan of Operation
State Agency’s written plan (generally annual) for School Nutrition Program administration and for the receipt of State Administrative Expense funds.
(a) a student of high school grade or under as determined by the State Educational Agency, who is enrolled in an eligible educational unit of high school grade or under including students who are mentally or physically handicapped as defined by the State, and who are participating in a school program established for the mentally or physically handicapped; or (b) a person under 21 chronological years of age who is enrolled in an eligible institution or center.
School Year.  July 1 through June 30.

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Team Nutrition.  Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

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Universal SNP 
A program in which all students receive meals on an equal basis, regardless of their ability to pay.
United States Department of Agriculture
USDA Foods
Agricultural food items made available by USDA to Child Nutrition Programs.  Formerly referred to as “donated foods” or “USDA commodities”.
United States Department of Health and Human Services

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The Web Based Supply Chain Management system is an integrated, internet-based commodity acquisition, distribution, and tracking system built on Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing commercial software and an Oracle platform.  WBSCM supports domestic and international food and nutrition programs administered by four USDA agencies (Food and Nutrition Service, Farm Service Agency, Agricultural Marketing Service, Foreign Agricultural Service and United States Agency for International Development).
Web-based Supply Chain Management
Women, Infants and Children Supplement Food Program

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