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Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

Electronic Income Eligibility Application Software

To:Local Educational Agencies (LEA) Administering the National School Program
From:Kathleen C. Millett, Administrator, Nutrition, Health and Safety
Date:September 22, 2009

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We have had several requests regarding the use of Electronic Income Eligibility Applications for school districts administering the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). As described in the Eligibility Manual for School Meals, (local educational agencies (LEA) "may make the application and supporting materials available electronically via the Internet. The LEA may accept applications electronically and may provide for electronic signatures for such submissions. All disclosure restrictions must be met and acceptance of the application and electronic signatures must be in accordance with guidance issued by FNS." Please refer to Appendix E in the Eligibility Manual for School Meals for additional clarification.

As with FNS and USDA, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety "does not recommend, approve or endorse any software used for certification or verification purposes. LEA's are responsible for assuring that the certification and verification processes meet all regulatory requirements and policies" as described in 7 CFR Part 245.

If software is used to perform all or part of the certification or verification process, the LEA must assure the software used is performing correctly and meets all requirements.



Last Updated: September 22, 2009
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