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Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

CACFP Block Claiming

To:Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsors
From:Kathleen C. Millet, Executive Director
Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety Programs
Date:January 14, 2011

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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), Public Law 111-296, was signed into law by the President on December 13, 2010. Section 331 of the Act amends section 17(d)(2) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766) to prohibit the Secretary from requiring edit checks to detect block claims or the conduct of unannounced follow-up reviews related to block claims in the CACFP.

Effective immediately, sponsoring organizations are no longer required to conduct edit checks designed to detect block claims as defined by 7 CFR 226.2 and required by 7 CFR 226.10(c)(3) and consequently, are not required to meet the follow-up review requirements associated with detection of block claims as described in 7 CFR 226.10(c)(3). Additionally, the Block Claiming Policy on page 34 of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) Family Day Care Policies and Procedures manual is no longer in effect.

Although they are no longer required, sponsoring organizations may, at their discretion, retain block claim edit checks. In addition, it is important to note that Federal requirements for two other sponsor-level edit checks are still in effect. These include the requirement to verify the provider is claiming only the approved meal types in accordance with 7 CFR 226.10(c)(1) and the comparison of enrollment, days of service and total meal claims in accordance with 7 CFR 226.10(c)(2).

Due to the modification of the block claiming requirements discussed above, sponsoring organizations should review, and amend if necessary, their administrative staffing patterns and previously approved administrative budgets.

Sponsors should direct any questions concerning this guidance to Anne Marie Mc Donald at 781-338-6492 or amcdonald@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: January 27, 2011
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