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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AD60 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Direct Certification of Children in SNAP Households and Certification of Homeless, Migrant, and Runaway Children for Free Meals in the NSLP, SBP, and SMP 

In response to Pub. L. 108-265, which amended the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 7 CFR part 245, Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools, is amended to establish categorical (automatic) eligibility for free meals and free milk upon documentation that a child is (1) homeless as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act; (2) a runaway served by grant programs under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; or (3) migratory as defined in section 1309(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The rule also requires phase-in of mandatory direct certification of children who are members of households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and continues discretionary direct certification for other categorically eligible children.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 210    7 CFR 215    7 CFR 220    7 CFR 225    7 CFR 226    7 CFR 245   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 108-265, sec 104   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  04/25/2011  76 FR 22785   
Interim Final Rule Effective  06/24/2011    
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  10/24/2011    
Final Action  01/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Merged with 0584-AD62 
Agency Contact:
Charles H. Watford
Regulatory Review Specialist
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
1320 Braddock Place,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:703 605-0800

Lynnette M. Thomas
Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs Branch
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 605-4782