Office of Nutrition Programs and Services (ONPS)

The Office of Nutrition Programs and Services provides educational leadership, program technical assistance, federal and state funding and general services that promote and fund health, nutritional daily needs of children and adults and nutrition education for all program participants through the administration of USDA Child Nutrition Services in New Hampshire schools, institutes and summer programs.

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Brief Overview of the Office of Nutrition Programs and Services

 

SY 23-24 USDA Free and Reduced Application and Supporting Documents

Free and Reduced Price Family Meal Application Information

Free and Reduced Price Family Meal Application Instructions

Free and Reduced Price Family Meal Application

 

USDA Memos

 

Civil Rights

 

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low-income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced-price meals.

The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The CEP uses information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) instead of traditional paper applications.

 

For Parents and Students

The New Hampshire Department of Education helps local schools administer their nutrition programs but does not determine program eligibility. To apply for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals, please contact your local school.

 

Afterschool Snack Program (ASSP)

The Afterschool Snack Program is made available to serve healthy reimbursable snacks to children participating in the after-school programs run by schools or childcare sponsors. In New Hampshire, 1,813,557 snack meals have been reimbursed.

The Department of Agriculture also donates surplus commodity foods for lunches served under the program. These foods are distributed by the Surplus Distribution Section of the Department of Administrative Services, Surplus.distribution@nh.gov, (603) 271-2602.

 

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) was established for childcare centers in 1968 under Section 16 of the National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act.

CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.

Through CACFP, more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive.

See how CACFP can make a difference in the quality of your program! Whether you are a provider in your home, at a day care center, in an afterschool program, or in an emergency shelter, you will find many useful resources for serving nutritious meals and snacks.

 

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides reimbursements to participating schools to serve, during the school day, fresh fruits and vegetables to students during non-mealtimes.

 

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

School Breakfast Program & Seamless Summer Program

USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals

The purpose of the National School Lunch Program is to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children, as declared in 1946 by Congress in the National School Lunch Act. The School Lunch Program makes it possible for schools to serve nutritious inexpensive lunches to students each day. Schools may also serve meals during summer months. Last school year, in NH, over 30 million meals were reimbursed. USDA provides program funding and administration.

Schools receive reimbursement for all meals which meet meal pattern requirements specified by the USDA in regulation CFR 210. Schools may qualify for higher "severe need" reimbursements if a specified percentage of their meals are served free or at a reduced price. In addition, meals must meet the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans when averaged over a week. There is one menu planning option available to schools. The Office of Nutrition Programs and Services provides technical assistance and guidance to schools to ensure that the lunch program operates in accordance with the regulations of the National School Lunch Program.

The Department of Agriculture also donates surplus commodity foods for lunches served under the program. These foods are distributed by the Surplus Distribution Section of the Department of Administrative Services, Surplus.distribution@nh.gov, (603) 271-7838.

 

Special Milk Program (SMP)

The Special Milk Program provides participating programs whose children do not have access to a meals program, opportunities to serve and receive reimbursements for milk. $261,060.85 is provided to participating programs to support the purchase of milk to children.

For more information, visit the USDA Special Milk Program.

 

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The SFSP provides reimbursements to participating programs to serve nutritious meals to children in residential camps, day camps, open site locations, closed site locations, schools.

Overview of SFSP 

SFSP Public Release FY21

 

Food Service Management Company (FSMC) or Vended Meals Contract (VMC)

Outsourcing the meals program to a Food Service Management Company is a major decision for a School Food Authority to make. The contracting with an outside company to provide management services and/or meals comes with great monitoring responsibilities.

RFP and Contracts for FMSC or VMC MUST be reviewed and approved by State Agency prior to release of documents.

Please see Guidance for School Food Authorities for additional information for schools.

Any inquiries related to Food Service Management, please Contact: 
Amanda Marshall - Administrator
(603) 271-3860 or amanda.a.marshall@doe.nh.gov

 

 

Child Nutrition Program participants- log in to MyNHDOE

 

Waivers

Waiver Requests

The Department of Education is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services.  The purchase of this waiver is to support postponing deadlines for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for SY2023-2024

The NH Department of Education is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services.  The purpose of this waiver is to support all Sponsors operating the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) as well as the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs in a non-congregate feeding due to unexpected closures for the 2023-2024 school year.

 

UPDATED USDA MEMO

Alternative Services Available

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement / Food and Nutrition Services

This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

 

The Office of Nutrition Programs and Services Team

Amanda Marshall, Administrator
603-271-3860
amanda.a.marshall@doe.nh.gov

Patty Carignan, Child Nutrition Finance Manager (CACFP & SFSP)
603-271-3862
patricia.j.carignan@doe.nh.gov

Maddie Parker, Child Nutrition Operations Manager (NSLP, FFVP, Farm to School, SBP, SMP, SSO)
603-271-3864
madeline.r.parker@doe.nh.gov 

Tam Feener, Program Specialist (NSLP, FSMC, SBP)
603-271-0054
tamara.j.feener@doe.nh.gov 

Ruth Howard, Program Specialist (NSLP, SBP, SMP)
603-271-3863
ruth.howard@doe.nh.gov

Bridget Resse (FFVP, Farm to School, NSLP, SBP)
603-271-3647
bridget.r.resse@doe.nh.gov