Arkansas Department of Education Disaster Response

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Fiscal & Administrative Services
Regulatory Authority
§USDA Policy Memo SP- 46-2014
Response Required
Elementary Principals; Middle School Principals; High School Principals; Superintendents; Child Nutrition Directors

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This policy memo supersedes United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Policy Memos SP 25-2012, CACFP 12-2012, SFSP 10-2012, Disaster Response and provides an overview of ways State agencies, school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP), institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and sponsors participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can respond to situations resulting from damage or disruptions due to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flood as well as other exceptional emergency situations or man-made disasters.  Policy Memo SP 46-2014 includes information on the following topics: Eligibility for Free Meals and Disaster BenefitsUsing the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option in Disaster SituationsUsing USDA Foods in DisastersFlexibilities that Require State Agency or Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Approval Districts are advised to review this policy memo and incorporate the information into the District Disaster Plan. The National Food Service Management Institute has several on-line resources for school districts’ to use in preparing a Disaster Response Plan.  Those resources can be accessed at This Web site allows you to customize the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's Biosecurity Checklist for School Foodservice Programs for your school foodservice program.  In addition to viewing the HTML or PDF standard versions of the lists as written, you can log in and: Modify the standard checklists with your own Task Title, Task Details, Assigned to, Deadline, and Comments. Add a new task not included in the standard checklists. Sort your tasks according to High, Medium or Low Priority both within a single checklist, or across all checklists. This would allow you to easily print out a list of all your High Priority items.Assign tasks to employees, and to then print out all tasks assigned to specific employees. Save your checklists and return later to edit them. Attachment: USDA Policy Memo SP 46-2014

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