Healthy Food Certification (HFC)

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HFC Statement: Addendum to Agreement for Child Nutrition Programs (ED-099)


The annual HFC Statement for school year (SY) 2022-23 (July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023) must be completed online in the CSDE’s Online Application and Claiming System for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP System). The application deadline for school year 2022-23 is July 1, 2022.

Each local board of education or governing authority (BOE) for public schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) must use the required motion language in Operational Memorandum No. 05-22 and schedule the required votes at a BOE meeting that occurs early enough to allow the district to submit the final BOE-approved meeting minutes to the CSDE by July 1, 2022. 

Each BOE must choose one of the two options below to satisfy this requirement and be eligible for HFC.

  • Option 1: Using the exact language included in Operational Memorandum No. 05-22, the BOE conducts three votes: 1) whether the district will participate in the healthy food option; 2) whether the district will allow food exemptions; and 3) whether the district will allow beverage exemptions under C.G.S Section 10-221q.
  • Option 2: Using the exact language included in Operational Memorandum No. 05-22, the BOE conducts two votes: 1) whether the district will participate in the healthy food option; and 2) whether the district will allow food and beverage exemptions.

CSDE Operational Memorandum with Instructions for the Annual HFC Statement


Please carefully review Operational Memorandum No. 05-22: Requirements for Submitting the Healthy Food Certification (HFC) Statement for School Year 2022-23 for the required motion language and instructions for the HFC application process for SY 2022-23. BOEs must follow the specified instructions in this memo to ensure timely submission and CSDE approval of the 2022-23 HFC Statement.


Overview of Steps

  1. Schedule HFC votes: Schedule the two required votes (healthy food option and food exemptions) at a BOE meeting before June 30, 2022. If the district chooses to allow beverage exemptions, the CSDE recommends conducting the vote on beverage exemptions at the same time as the HFC votes. For information on these requirements, refer to Operational Memorandum No. 05-22 and the CSDE's Exemptions for Foods and Beverages in Public Schools.
    • The CSDE cannot approve the HFC Statement based on draft minutes. To submit the final BOE-approved minutes by July 1, the BOE meeting must be scheduled several months before July 1, 2022.
    • The district’s motion language must reflect the exact language in Operational Memorandum No. 05-22.
    • The chart below summarizes the required votes.

      Summary of required votes for Healthy Food Certification and beverage exemptions
  2. Conduct HFC votes: Conduct the required votes at the scheduled BOE meeting and prepare the BOE minutes.
    • Maintain a copy of the final BOE-approved minutes indicating the results of the HFC votes (and the vote for beverage exemptions, if applicable). 
    • Make sure that the language in the BOE minutes matches the exact language in Operational Memorandum No. 05-22. The CSDE cannot accept any variations. If the language is not the same as Operational Memorandum No. 05-22, the BOE will need to vote again.
  3. Complete HFC Statement and upload BOE minutes in May 2022: The HFC module of the CSDE’s Connecticut Online Application and Claiming System for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP System) will open by mid-May. The CSDE will notify districts and e-mail instructions when this occurs. Do not access the CNP System prior to receiving the CSDE’s notification that the HFC module is open.
    • This step is competed by the district’s authorized signer 1 or 2. Refer to the instructions below on how to access and complete the HFC application module. 
    • After receiving the CSDE’s notification, complete the online HFC application module and upload the final BOE-approved meeting minutes with the results of the required votes for the healthy food option and food exemptions (and the vote for beverage exemptions, if applicable). 
    • If the BOE minutes are not finalized by July 1, the district must upload the draft minutes by July 1, then upload the final BOE-approved minutes as soon as they are available.

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