Healthy Food Certification (HFC)


for the Annual HFC Documentation

Overview of HFC Documentation Forms

Public school districts that implement HFC under Section 10-215f of the Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) must provide annual documentation to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) by November 30 of each year. Successful compliance with the required HFC documentation ensures that HFC districts can maintain their HFC funding.

The HFC documentation addresses the following foods and beverages available for sale to students in all schools in the district and the district’s interschool agreements with public schools that choose to participate in HFC:

The HFC documentation addresses all sources of these foods and beverages. Examples include cafeteria sales, vending machines, school stores, kiosks, concession stands, other school-based enterprises, fundraisers, and any other sources of food and beverage sales to students, e.g., culinary arts programs, family and consumer sciences classes, afterschool programs, and recipient schools under interschool agreements.

Summary of HFC Documentation Requirements

The chart below summarizes the required HFC documentation and provides links to instructions and forms. All HFC districts must submit the online HFC Compliance Form. In addition, certain districts must also submit lists of all foods sold to students separately from reimbursable meals and as part of ASP snacks, and all beverages sold as part of and separately from reimbursable meals and ASP snacks. Districts required to submit these lists of foods and beverages include the three categories below.

  1. Districts scheduled for an Administrative Review of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in the current school year.
  2. Districts implementing HFC for the first time this school year. 
  3. Districts with HFC compliance issues for the prior school year.

These districts are identified in the CSDE’s document, Districts Required to Submit Food and Beverage Lists for School Year 2023-24. Districts not indicated in this document do not submit lists of foods and beverages.


HFC documentation for school year 2023-24 is due to the CSDE by November 30, 2023.

Public schools Requirements Instructions and forms 
All HFC districts
  1. Submit online: HFC Compliance Survey

Review before beginning survey

Certain HFC districts: Refer to the CSDE's Districts Required to Submit Lists of Foods and Beverages for School Year 2023-24

  1. Submit online: HFC Compliance Survey
  2. Email to CSDE: Lists of foods and beverages (instructions for emailing are on page 8 of Guidance for Submitting Lists of Foods and Beverages for HFC Documentation)

Review before beginning survey

HFC documentation forms to submit lists