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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 guidelines and resources for school districts to use as they continue to provide meals during school closures. 

Resources for Child Nutrition Program Operators

Questions? Contact your OSPI CNS Program Specialist or email the School Meals team.

WA State & USDA COVID-19 Waivers & Policy Memos

Washington state is requesting a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for program operations during unanticipated school closures. This waiver would allow schools previously approved to operate Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to operate these programs in the event of an unanticipated school closure.

Washington state is requesting flexibilities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) when operating Child Nutrition Programs. FNS expects that flexibilities under the waivers will only be implemented for the duration and extent that they are needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Approval of waivers being requested will equip the state agency with tools necessary to respond to sponsors who may face operational changes due to COVID outbreaks or localized increase in COVID cases, along with transitioning back to normal operations.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

  1.  Non-Congregate Meal Service during Summer 2022 (May 1, 2022-September 30, 2022)
  2.  Parent/Guardian Meal Pickup during Summer 2022 (May 1, 2022-September 30, 2022)
  3. Non-Congregate Meal Service during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2022-23 (October 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023)
  4. Parent and Guardian Meal Pick-Up during Unanticipated School Closures (SFSP/SSO) (October 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023)
  5. Meal Service Times for Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2022-23 (October 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023)
  6. Meals at School Sites for Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2022-23 (October 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023)

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP)

  1. Non-Congregate Meal Service (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  2. Parent/Guardian Meal Pickup (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  3. Meal Service Times (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  4. Offer Versus Serve (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  5.  FNS-874 Second (Independent) Review of Applications (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  6. FNS-640 Administrative Review Data Report (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  7. Paid Lunch Equity (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  8. Use of Prior Year Eligibility Determinations for School Year 2022-2023 Carryover (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023)

School Year Administration (NSLP/SBP/SFSP)

  1. Administrative Review Onsite Requirements (End of the Public Health Emergency (PHE)** – June 30, 2023)
    • Onsite Requirement for SFA Onsite Reviews by February 1 (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)
    • Onsite Requirement for Afterschool Care Reviews (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)
    • Onsite Requirement for Periodic Onsite Visits when Utilizing an FSMC (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)

Special Milk Program (SMP)

  1. Non-Congregate Milk Service (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  2. Parent/Guardian Milk Pickup (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

  1. Parent/Guardian FFVP Pickup (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  2. Alternate Site (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

  1. Non-Congregate Meal Service (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  2. Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-Up (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  3. Meal Service Times (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  4. State Agency Onsite Monitoring Visits (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)
  5. Sponsoring Organization Onsite Monitoring Visits (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)

** Current nationwide waivers of onsite monitoring for NSLP, SBP, and CACFP remain in effect until 30 days after the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). The end of the PHE will be declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Washington state is requesting a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to waive the timing of agency review requirements for sponsors of Child Nutrition Programs. This waiver would allow OSPI to implement an extended cycle timeline to complete required administrative reviews. OSPI is seeking this waiver to complete reviews within available time and resources.

  • 7/1/2021 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 would allow CACFP sponsoring organizations to conduct two reviews (instead of three) of their CACFP facilities, and waives the requirement of one unannounced visit including observation of meal service. We are requesting this waiver extension would be effective through Fiscal Year 2021–22.

  • 11/20/2020 OSPI Requesting to Implement a Gap Year for NSLP, SFSP, and CACFP Administrative Reviews for School Year 20-21 Washington state is requesting a "gap year" for administrative review for school year 2020-21. This year will instead be used to provide technical assistance to Child Nutrition Program sponsors including training and providing resources.

  • 8/21/2020 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.
  • 8/21/2020 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.
  • 8/20/2020 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.
  • 8/20/2020 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. 
  • 8/20/2020 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.
  • 8/11/2020 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. 
  • 7/30/2020 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. 
  • 5/8/2020 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.
  • 4/21/2020 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 #114- Nationwide Waiver of the Summer Sponsor Application Deadline and to Allow Reimbursement for Meals Served Prior to Notification of Approval for Summer 2022 Operations. This memo:
    • Waives the requirement for SFSP sponsors to submit written applications for program participation by June 15.
      • Written applications are still required for state agency approval of SFSP participation.
      • All application requirements, including training requirements, must be met.
    • Waives the regulations that reimbursements shall not be paid for meals served at a site before the sponsor has received written notification of approval from the state agency.
      • Sponsors may only claim reimbursement for meals served retroactive to the date a complete and correct application was received at the state agency, including meals served prior to written approval to operate SFSP.
    • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2022.
  • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #113- Nationwide Waiver of Meal Service Time Restrictions for Summer 2022 Operations – EXTENSION 4
    • This waiver applies to the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
    • This waives the requirements on the amount of time that must elapse between meal services, and the duration of a meal service.
    • This waiver allows more than one eligible meal to be served at one time.
    • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2022.
  • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #112- Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children for Summer 2022 Operations – EXTENSION 7
    • This waiver applies to the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
    • 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, 2022.
  • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #111- Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Feeding for Summer 2022 Operations – EXTENSION 7
    • This waiver applies to the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
    • This waiver allows meals to be served in a non-congregate meal setting.
    • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2022.
  • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #110- Waiver to Allow Fiscal Action Flexibility for Meal Pattern Violations Related to COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting School Meals in School Year 2022-2023 – EXTENSION
      • This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and SSO.
      • This waiver is available for any State where there is a supply chain disruption due to COVID–19.
    • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #109- Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program Reimbursement Rates for the Seamless Summer Option in Summer 2022
      • This waiver allows meals and snacks served under the SSO to be reimbursed at the applicable Summer Food Service Program reimbursement rates, rather than at the NSLP or SBP reimbursement rates.
      • Reimbursement rates can be found on the Claims, Fiscal Information, and Resources webpage.
      • This waiver is effective during summer 2022.
    • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #108- Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites for Summer 2022 Operations – EXTENSION 4
      • This waives the requirement for closed enrolled sites operating under the SFSP or SSO to collect income eligibility applications.
      • This waiver was already in effect under a state requested waiver.
      • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2022.
    • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #107- Nationwide Waiver to Extend Area Eligibility Waivers for Summer 2022 Operations – EXTENSION 5
      • This waiver applies to the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
      • This waiver allows current SFSP and SSO sponsors to operate open sites in non-area eligible locations when benefits are targeted to children in need.
      • Please contact your program specialist if you are interested in this waiver.
      • This waiver is in effect through September 30, 2022.
    • CACFP 02-2022: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Flexibilities During COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions
    • SP 01-2022, CACFP 01-2022: Questions and Answers for Child Nutrition Programs Emergency Procurement Due to Supply Chain Disruptions
      • A link to this memo will be posted when it becomes available on the USDA website. 
    • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #106: Nationwide Waiver for Selected Child Nutrition Program Reporting Requirements
      • Waives certain administrative data reporting requirements for State agencies and LEAs. 
    • 9/22/2021- USDA released a suite waivers regarding the operation of the SFSP during unanticipated school closures.
      • Local Education Agencies have operational flexibility under the SSO for the full duration of SY 21–22 and may use SSO flexibilities during unanticipated school closures.
      • For the purposes of these nationwide waivers, unanticipated school closures only occur when an entire school closes and instruction is not provided to children. If a school is offering virtual learning or a mix of in-person and virtual learning, the school is considered open, and these waivers do not apply.
      • USDA Memos 
    • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #100: Waiver to Allow Fiscal Action Flexibility for Meal Pattern Violations Related to COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting School Meals in School Year 2021-2022
      • This waiver gives State agencies the flexibility to waive certain fiscal action requirements in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option.
      • This waiver is available for any state where there is a supply chain disruption with respect to foods served under such a qualified program and such disruption is due to COVID–19.
    • SP 21-2021: Questions and Answers for Child Nutrition Program Reporting in School Year 2021-2022
      • A link to this memo will be posted when it becomes available on the USDA website. 
    • SP 20-2021, CACFP 16-2021: Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Programs: Q&As #3

    • SP 19-2021: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Operations for SY 2021-2022 during COVID-19
    • SP 18-2021: Community Eligibility Provision Operations during School Year 2021-2022: Questions and Answers

    • SP 17-2021, CACFP 15-2021, SFSP 09-2021: COVID-19 Waiver Requests Submitted Prior to December 31, 2020
      • This memo provides clarification that any state agency waiver requests submitted between the beginning of the COVID-19 public health emergency and December 31, 2020 that have not received responses are now denied.
    • SP 16-2021, CACFP 14-2021: Previously Issued Questions and Answers Relating to Operation of the Child Nutrition Programs: Updated for School Year 2021–2022
      • This memo includes clarifying questions and answers for state agencies and program sponsors as they operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during SY 21–22. This guidance also updates Q&As previously released in 2020.
      • Questions 1–2 & 45–46 apply to both School Meal Programs & CACFP sponsors.
      • Questions 3–23 apply specifically to the School Meal Programs (NSLP, SBP, and SSO).
      • Questions 47–52 pertain to Civil Rights Requirements
        • As detailed in question 49- Due to COVID-19, if printed "And Justice For All" (AJFA) posters are not available for display, paper copies may be substituted as necessary, including use of the 2015 AJFA poster, if new (2019) posters have not been received.
    • COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #98- Nationwide Waiver of Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessments in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
    • SP 15-2021, CACFP 13-2021, SFSP 08-2021- Questions and Answers for Child Nutrition Program Operations in School Year 2021-2022
    • CACFP 12-2021- Reimbursement for Meals and Snacks Served to Young Adults in the Child and Adult Care Food Program—Questions and Answers
    • SP 12-2021 - Department of Education Information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB)
    • SP 11-2021, CACFP 10-2021, SFSP 06-2021- Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: Effect on Child Nutrition Programs- Revised
    • CACFP 09-2021, SP 10-2021, SFSP 05-2021 - Questions and Answers Regarding Child Nutrition Program Oversight, Administration, and Reporting During COVID-19
      • This memo provides clarification on questions related to oversight, procurement, monitoring, and administration in Child Nutrition Programs.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #96 - Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for Sponsors in the Child and Adult Care Food Program- EXTENSION
      • This waiver removes the requirement that CACFP monitoring requirements be conducted onsite. 
      • Please note that to ensure Program integrity during this time, sponsoring organizations should continue monitoring activities of Program operations offsite (example: through desk audit).
      • This waiver is in effect immediately, and remains in effect until 30 days after the end of the public health emergency.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #95 -  Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Child and Adult Care Food Program- EXTENSION 3
      • This waiver allows OSPI CNS to conduct Administrative Reviews as a desk audit and waives the requirement for on-site visits for reviews during the emergency.
      • This waiver is in effect immediately and remains in effect until 30 days after the end of the public health emergency.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #94 – Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meal Programs-Revised-Extension 3
      • This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP)
      • Extends waiver of school meal programs onsite monitoring requirements, and the requirement to complete the onsite portion of the administrative review during the school year in which the review was begun.
      • To ensure program integrity during this time, State Agencies and program sponsors should continue monitoring activities of program operations offsite (example: through a desk audit).
      • Flexibilities of this waiver may be implemented until 30 days after the end of the public health emergency.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #93 - Nationwide Waiver of Area Eligibility in the Afterschool Programs and for Family Day Care Home Providers in School Year 2021-2022
      • The purpose of this waiver is to assist schools, community organizations, and daycare homes with reopening and to ensure that children are able to receive benefits with appropriate safety measures.
      • This waiver allows:
        • Schools, regardless of their location, to claim all afterschool snacks at the free rate;
        • All daycare homes, regardless of their location, receive the Tier 1 reimbursement rate for all meals and snacks.
        • At-risk afterschool care centers, regardless of their location, to apply to participate in the CACFP and claim all meals and snack at the free rate;
      • This waiver is effective July 1, 2021, and remains in effect until June 30, 2022.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #92 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibility for Senior High Schools in School Year 2021-2022
      • This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
      • Allows for the waiver of the requirement to serve school lunches to senior high school students using offer versus serve (OVS).
      • Flexibilities of this waiver may be implemented from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #91 - Nationwide Waiver to Allow Specific Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program for School Year 2021-2022
      • This waiver allows States to grant requests from sponsors for the following flexibilities on a case by case basis:
        • At least one serving per day, across all eating occasions, must be whole grain-rich;
        • The crediting of grains by ounce equivalents must be fully implemented by October 1, 2021;
        • Low-fat milk (1%) must be unflavored.
      • All other meal pattern requirements remain in effect.
      • This waiver is effective July 1, 2021, and remains in effect until June 30, 2022.
      • USDA expects these flexibilities will be utilized only as needed and that program operators will seek to meet the meal pattern requirement to the greatest extent possible.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #90 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow Specific Meal Pattern Flexibility for School Year 2021-2022
      • This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Seamless Summer Option (SSO).
      • This waiver allows program operators to request specific meal pattern flexibilities from the State agency. Sodium is the exception and program operators must inform the State agency of use.
      • Allows program operators to request specific meal pattern flexibilities in the following areas:
        • Meeting dietary specifications for sodium​
        • Offering only whole grain-rich​ grains
        • Offering preschoolers at least one whole grain-rich item over the course of the day​
        • Offering a variety of vegetables from the vegetable subgroups
        • Offering two different mild options of fluid milk
        • That low-fat milk be unflavored​
        • Planning menus for specified age/grade groups 
      • Flexibilities of this waiver may be implemented from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #89 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children for School Year 2021-2022
      • This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
      • 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.
      • Flexibilities of this waiver may be implemented from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, or until congregation in in-school settings is safe and healthy, whichever is sooner.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #88 – Nationwide Waiver of Meal Times Requirements for School Year 2021-2022
      • This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
      • This waives the established meal time parameters, the required minimum time between meal services, and allows sponsors to serve more than one meal at a time.
      • Flexibilities of this waiver may be implemented from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, or until congregation in in-school settings is safe and healthy, whichever is sooner.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #87 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Meal Service for School Year 2021-2022
      • This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
      • This waiver allows meals to be served in a non-congregate meal setting.
      • Flexibilities of this waiver may be implemented from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, or until congregation in in-school settings is safe and healthy, whichever is sooner.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #86 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program Reimbursement Rates in School Year 2021-2022
      • This waiver allows meals and snacks served under the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to be reimbursed at the applicable Summer Food Service Program reimbursement rates, rather than at the NSLP or SBP reimbursement rates.
      • Reimbursement rates can be found on the Claims, Fiscal Information, and Resources webpage.
      • This waiver is effective July 1, 2021, and remains in effect until June 30, 2022.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #85 – Nationwide Waiver to Allow the Seamless Summer Option through School Year 2021-2022
      • This waiver allows all school food authorities to operate the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option (SSO) when school is open during the regular school year.
      • This waiver allows school food authorities to operate SSO at any school, regardless of its location or the type of site it is operating.
      • This waiver is effective July 1, 2021, and remains in effect until June 30, 2022.
    • COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #84 - Child Nutrition Update for School Year 2021-2022
      • This memo announces a new suite of Child Nutrition Program Nationwide waivers and flexibilities to support a successful school reopening in school year 2021-2022.
      • These flexibilities will increase funding, support access, and balance operational needs with the goal of providing nutritious meals across all Child Nutrition Programs.
      • While many waivers provide flexibilities for an extended timeframe, USDA expects schools and child care providers to only use the flexibilities for the duration and extent that they are needed.
    • 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 allows 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
          • 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 Responses #59-70 - Extended multiple waivers allowing the operation of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer through June 30, 2021. 
          • 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
          • SP 20-2020, CACFP 11-2020, SFSP 11-2020: Questions and Answers on the Nationwide Waiver to Extend Unanticipated School Closure Operations through June 30, 2020
          • SP 19-2020: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during COVID-19: Q&As #2
          • SP 18-2020,SFSP 10-2020: SFSP and NSLP SSO Nationwide Waivers - Q&As
          • SP 15-2020, CACFP 09-2020, SFSP 08-2020: Child Nutrition Program Meal Service during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks: Questions and Answers #4
          • SP 14, CACFP 08, SFSP 07-2020: Child Nutrition Program Meal Service during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks: Questions and Answers #3
          • SP 13, CACFP 07, SFSP 06-2020: Child Nutrition Program Nationwide Waivers: Q&As
          • SP 12-2020: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during COVID-19 
          • SP 11-2020, CACFP 06-2020, SFSP 05-2020: Q&As related to the Child Nutrition Program Monitoring and Reporting Nationwide Waivers
          • SP 08-2020, SFSP 04-2020: Child Nutrition Program Meal Service during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks
             


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