Resource | FAQs/Q&As
COVID-19 Questions and Answers for States

USDA has issued a series of question and answer documents on flexibilities, adjustments and waivers to support effective operations and provide access to benefits while states respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Resource | Waivers
CN - SFSP Application Notification Waiver
Resource | Policy
FFCRA Opt-In Waiver for School Year 2021-2022 National School Lunch Program USDA Foods Entitlement Calculations

Pursuant to section 2202(a) of the FFCRA, as extended by the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021, FNS is establishing a nationwide opt-in waiver to help minimize the impact of coronavirus related school closures on USDA Foods entitlement calculations.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0003
Nationwide Waiver for Selected Child Nutrition Program Reporting Requirements

This waiver cancels selected administrative data reporting requirements in the child nutrition programs, specifically the following: Data Element 15, Part B of the FNS-10; FNS-640 Administrative Review Report Form; FNS-828 School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price Report; FNS-834 State Agency (NSLP/SNAP) Direct Certification Rate Data Element Report; FNS-874 Local Educational Agency Second Review of Applications; Ameliorative Action Plans for Verification Results; State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report; and Performance-Based Reimbursement (7 Cents) Quarterly Report. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #72
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0002
Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the NSLP and SFSP Extension

This waiver allows food service management company contracts that may expire by or around June 30, 2021, and have not been extended for SY 2020-2021 to be extended through school year 2021-2022 (June 30, 2022). To ensure program integrity during this time, extended FSMC contracts are limited to one-year only. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #71
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0001
Q&As to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations School Year 2020-2021 #4

This memorandum provides clarification on additional questions related to the operation of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Seamless Summer Option, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program during school year 2020-2021. 

SP05 CACFP04 SFSP04-2021
Resource | Policy Memos
CN - SFSP Monitoring Waiver

Due to the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, USDA is establishing a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0184
Q&As Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow SFSP and Seamless Summer Option Operations through SY 2020-21 – Extension Q&As #3

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and program operators as they continue to operate the NSLP, School Breakfast Program, NSLP Seamless Summer Option, SFSP, and CACFP during the school year.

SP04 CACFP03 SFSP03-2021
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0182
Reporting of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Data for Forms FNS-10, FNS-44, and FNS-418

Through a series of waivers, NSLP/SBP, and CACFP local program operators were able to continue their mission to provide healthful meals to eligible children using combinations of the flexibilities provided for under NSLP/SBP, CACFP, the NSLP Seamless Summer Option, and the Summer Food Service Program.

SP02 CACFP02 SFSP02-2021