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Nutrition & Meals Guidance

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person and the number of cases in Washington is growing. Below are guidance and resources for school districts to use as they continue to provide meals during school closures. 

SY20-21 Summer Meal Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of several flexibilities to allow free meals to be available to all children through the 2020-21 school year. Please review our CNS Update for more details. 

Find a Meal Site Near You

The need for meals has grown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Child Nutrition Programs can help provide children with nutritious meals all year long. Please share the OSPI Organizations Providing Meals Map and help others find locations serving meals to children. 

Program Resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended several nationwide waivers that allow all children to continue to receive nutritious meals this summer. If your organization intends to operate the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or Seamless Summer Option (SSO) during Summer 2021, an application must be submitted. 

Application Materials Include:

 

Required Annual Training - Register Now!

  • New SFSP Sponsor Training for Summer 2021- For organizations and administrators that did not operate SFSP in summer 2020 AND did not operate SFSP during SY 20–21. 
    Register Here
    Date: Thursday, April 22
    Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm PT
    Additional training requirements can be found on the SFSP Required Training webpage
  • Returning SFSP Sponsors Updates for Summer 2021 - For organizations that operated SFSP in Summer 2020 but did not operate SFSP during SY 20–21. 
    Register Here
    Date: Tuesday, May 4
    Time: 9–10 am PT
    Additional training requirements can be found on the SFSP Required Training webpage.  

Questions? Contact your OSPI CNS Program Specialist or email summermeals@k12.wa.us.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended several waivers allowing Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) operations to continue through September 30, 2021. October 1 started a new program year and a renewal application must be completed by October 31 if they wish to claim meals for the month of October. 

Operating CACFP During COVID-19 Resources

If you regularly operate the Child and Adult Care Program (CACFP) during the year, there are options for you to continue serving reimbursable meals during the COVID-19 Pandemic in FY2021. Please contact your CACFP program specialist for more details.

Renewal Information

Reference Sheets, FAQ's, and Other Resources

SY20-21 Reopening Guidance 

WA State & USDA COVID-19 Waivers and Policy Memos

Washington State is requesting a "gap year" for administrative review for school year 2020-21. This year will instead be used to provide technicial assistance to Child Nutrition Program sponsors including training and providing resources.

View the full WA state gap year request.

  • 8/21 OSPI Requesting Parent Pick-Up Waiver for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - Washington State is requesting an extension of USDA’s extension of the parents/guardian pick-up waiver for school meals programs in SY 20-21 to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) during the pandemic.
  • 8/21 OSPI Requesting to Operate the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at Other Sites - Washington State is requesting Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) operation to be extended to additional sites.
  • 8/20 OSPI Requesting Waiver to Continue Meal Services Using the Seamless Summer Option or the Summer Food Service Program - The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) requests a waiver to allow service of meals using the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through School Year (SY) 2020–21 for School Food Authorities (SFAs) operating the NSLP and SBP in good standing. Additionally, SFAs utilizing the SSO or SFSP flexibility for SY 2020–21 would also be allowed to continue using the area eligibility waiver which has been in effect for Washington since April 2020.
  • 8/20 OSPI Requesting At-Risk Program Waiver to Allow Up to Three Meals Per Day - Washington State is requesting a waiver to allow At-Risk Program sponsors to claim up to three meals per day (2 meals and 1 snack or 3 meals) for programs offering extended-day childcare during the COVID pandemic. 
  • 8/20 OSPI Requesting Waiver of Potable Water Requirement - The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) requests to waive the regulatory requirement for potable water in the NSLP in non-cafeteria feeding sites, including non-congregate sites, online, or blended scenarios due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Requirement under section 9(a) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act 42 USC 1758(a), 7 CFR 210.10(a)(i): NSLP meals must make potable water available to children at no charge in the place where lunch meals are served during the meal service.
  • 8/11 OSPI Requesting Provision 2 Base Year Annualization Waiver - Washington State is requesting to waive the requirements for establishing a base year during school year 20-21 for sponsors operating Provision 2. 
  • 7/30 OSPI Requesting Extension of On-Site Monitoring Requirements for CACFP Sponsors - Washington State is requesting a waiver extension of USDA's COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response #7 Nationwide Waiver of Monitoring Requirements for Sponsors in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. This waiver currently allows sponsoring organizations to review sites remotely until August 31, 2020. OSPI is requesting an extension through September 20, 2021. 
  • 5/8 OSPI Requesting Review Waiver for School Food Authorities Operating SFSP for the First Time - The Office of the Superintendent is requesting a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to waive the review requirements for school food authorities operating the Summer Food Service Program for the first time. This waiver would allow OSPI to implement  an alternate process to review and provide technical assistance to sponsors. OSPI is seeking this waiver to reduce administrative burden and allow for continuing support to sponsors providing meals during the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • 4/21 OSPI Requesting Waiver to Reduce Minimum Enrollment Thresholds for CACFP For-Profit Centers - On 4/21, OSPI requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reduce the minimum enrollment thresholds for CACFP For-Profit Centers. Centers are facing changing enrollment factors as many non-essential workers are ordered to stay home. For-profit childcare centers may not claim reimbursement for meals served to children in any month in which less than 25% of the children in care qualify for free or reduced-price meals, this waiver would allow centers to claim the children they are serving, even if they are not meeting the threshold. 

According to section 2202(a) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) (P.L. 116-127) and Other Extensions Act (P.L. 116-159), and in light of the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) granted the following nationwide waivers to help minimize potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Links to USDA waivers will be added as they become available. 

  • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #82 - Nationwide Waiver of Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
    • Extends certain due dates for CEP application deadlines.
    • CEP Requirement  Traditional Deadlines New SY 2021-22 Deadlines
      Data Used to Calculate ISP  April 1  Anytime between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021
      SY 2021-22 – Application deadline June 30  September 30, 2021
  • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #81 – Nationwide Waiver to Waive First Week Site Visits in the Summer Food Service Program for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 3
    • This waives the requirement to visit each SFSP site during the first week of operation. 
    • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2021.
  • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #80 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 3
    • This waives the requirement for closed enrolled sites operating under the SFSP or SSO to collect income eligibility applications. 
    • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2021.
  • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #79 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the Summer Food Service Program for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 3
      • This waiver allows Offer vs Serve in SFSP operations. 
      • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2021.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #78 – Nationwide Waiver of Meal Service Time Restrictions for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 3
      • This waives the required minimum time between meal services and allow sponsors to serve more than one meal at a time. 
      • Sponsors are approved on a case-by-case basis.
      • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2021.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #77 – Nationwide Waiver to Extend Area Eligibility Waivers for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 4
      • This waiver applies to the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
      • This waiver allows SFSP and SSO sponsors in good standing to operate open sites in areas consistent with the State plan, but not located in “Areas in which poor economic conditions exist”. 
      • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2021.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #76 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 6
      • This waiver allows parents and guardians to pick up meals for their children.
      • Program operators must maintain program integrity and ensure duplicate meals are not distributed.
      • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2021.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #75 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Feeding for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 6
      • This waiver allows meals to be served in a non-congregate meal setting.
      • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2021.
        • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #74 – Nationwide Waiver to allow Meal Pattern Flexibilities for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 9
          • This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO).
          • This waiver does not include SFSP, effective July 1, 2021, the regular SFSP meal pattern requirements will be in place.
          • Sponsors are approved on a case-by-case basis. If your organization is unable to locate a particular item, contact your program specialist.
          • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2021.
        • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #73 – Child Nutrition Waiver Update
          • This announces extensions of flexibilities for summer 2021 operations for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through September 30, 2021.
        • SP 04, CACFP 03, SFSP 03-2021 - Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through School Year 2020-21 - Extension - Q&As #3
        • SP 03-2021 - Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Operations for SY 2020-21 during COVID-19
        • SP 01, CACFP 01, SFSP 01-2021 - Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through School Year 2020-21 - Extension - Q&As #2 
        • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #58 - Nationwide Waiver of Area Eligibility in the CACFP At Risk Afterschool Care Component.
           
        • SP25, CACFP14, SFSP14-2020: Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through December 2020.
          • This memo reviews common questions for Child Nutrition Program operations in fall 2020.
        • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #57 -  Nationwide Waiver to Allow Reimbursement for Meals Served Prior to Notification of Approval and Provide Flexibility for Pre-Approval Visits in the Summer Food Service Program 
        • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #48 - Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites in the SFSP and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Seamless Summer Option (SSO) - Extension
        • SP 24, CACFP 13, SFSP 13-2020: Questions and Answers for the Child Nutrition Programs during School Year 2020-21 - #5
          • This memo reviews common questions and answers regarding school reopening, meal patterns, potable water, Child Care and Afterschool requirements. 
        • SP 23-2020: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Operations for SY 2020-21 during COVID-19
          • This memo reviews common questions and answers regarding the operation of FFVP during the 2020-21 SY. 
        • SP 21-2020, CACFP12-2020, SFSP 12-2020: Q&A Related to Food Service Management Company Contracts and Allowable Costs during the COVID-19 Pandemic
          • This memo reviews common questions and answers for sponsors working with a FSMC. 
          • Topics include: Contracts and Other Contracted Suppliers, Monitoring, and Allowable Costs. 
          • If you have questions, please email Jeff Booth
        • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #23 - Nationwide Waiver to Meal Time Flexibility in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program - EXTENSION
        • This waiver allows Food Service Management Company (FSMC) contracts that expire around June 30, 2020 to be extended through school year 2020-2021; the contract extension is limited to one year only.
        • If your district would like to participate in this waiver, please email Jeff Booth.
        • This waiver expires September 30, 2020. 
        • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #18 – Nationwide Waiver of Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment
          • You must inform OSPI CNS if your district chooses to implement this waiver by June 30, 2020
          • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #8 - Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Child and Adult Care Food Program  - In effect until June 30, 2020

          • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #6 - Nationwide Waiver of Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs  - In effect until August 31, 2020


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