Healthy Food Certification (HFC)

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The annual HFC Statement for school year 2021-22 (July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022) will be completed online in the CSDE’s Online Application and Claiming System for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP System). The application deadline for school year 2021-22 is July 1, 2021.

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. 03-21 and schedule the required votes at a BOE meeting that occurs early enough to allow the district to submit the board-approved meeting minutes to the CSDE by July 1, 2021. 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. 03-21, 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. 03-21, 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. 03-21: Requirements for Submitting the Healthy Food Certification (HFC) Statement for School Year 2020-21 for the required motion language and instructions for the HFC application process for school year (SY) 2021-22. BOEs must follow the specified instructions in this memo to ensure timely submission and CSDE approval of the 2021-22 HFC Statement.


Overview of Steps
  1. Schedule the two required votes (healthy food option and food exemptions) at a BOE meeting before June 30, 2021. If the district chooses to allow beverage exemptions, the CSDE recommends that the BOE conduct the vote on beverage exemptions at the same time as the HFC votes. For information on these requirements, see Operational Memorandum No. 03-21, and the CSDE's handout, Exemptions for Foods and Beverages in Public Schools.
  2. Maintain a copy of the board-approved meeting minutes indicating the results of the HFC votes (and the vote for beverage exemptions, if applicable).
  3. May 2021: Complete the online HFC application module in the CSDE’s CNP System. Upload the board-approved meeting minutes indicating the results of the HFC votes for the healthy food option and food exemptions (and the vote for beverage exemptions, if applicable). Note: Do not access the CNP System prior to receiving this notification. Refer to the instructions on how to access and complete the HFC application module.

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