(a) To participate, the Department shall enter into a written agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture each fiscal/budget year to accept responsibility for the administration of child nutrition programs at the state level.
(b) To participate, each child nutrition entity shall enter into a written agreement with the Department each fiscal/budget year to accept responsibility for operation of a school lunch and/or breakfast program.
Agreement forms, provided by the Department, shall be submitted by the child nutrition entity to the Department at least 30 calendar days prior to the commencement date of school lunch and/or breakfast program operations. The child nutrition entity may renew this agreement on an annual basis by notice in writing submitted to the Department at least 30 days prior to expiration of the initial agreement. Subsequent renewal notices shall be submitted at least 30 days prior to expiration of the current agreement notice.