Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0165
At-risk Aferschool Area Eligibility Waiver

This waiver allows schools and afterschool care centers to serve at-risk afterschool meals and snacks to students regardless of their location, through December 31, 2020.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #58
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0162
Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through December 2020

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and program operators as they operate the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, NSLP Seamless Summer Option , Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program in the coming months, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

SP 25-2020, CACFP 14-2020, SFSP 14-2020 
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0100
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs – Extension #2

Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, FNS is extending a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19) for school year 2020-2021. 

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #33
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0098
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs – Extension 4

This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs – EXTENSION 3, granted on June 8, 2020, that expires July 31, 2020. This waiver extension applies to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for school year (SY) 2020-2021. As provided for in the June 8 extension, the waiver for the Summer Food Service Program remains in effect until July 31, 2020.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #36
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0096
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children – Extension 2

Program operators in a state with an approved waiver allowing non-congregate meal distribution during COVID–19-related operations may distribute meals to a parent or guardian to take home to their children for school year 2020-21.  FNS recognizes that  continuing to require children to come to the meal site to pick up meals may not be practical and in keeping with the goal of providing meals while also taking appropriate safety measures.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #35
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0099
Meal Service Time Flexibility in the NSLP, SBP and CACFP – Extension #2

Under program regulations, child nutrition program meals must follow meal service time requirements. However, FNS recognizes that for school year 2020-2021, waiving the meal service time requirements will support safer access to nutritious meals.  

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #34
Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2020-0089
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 | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0088
Nationwide Waivers of Child Nutrition Monitoring

FNS has used its authority under FFRCA to waive certain onsite monitoring requirements for the school meals programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program, so that programs can to maintain program integrity and support social distancing while providing meals. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0137
Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for Sponsors in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

This waiver allows for offsite monitoring in addition to the flexibilities provided for sponsors in the extension of COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response #27: Nationwide Waiver of Monitoring Requirements for Sponsors in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, issued June 8, 2020 and effective through Aug. 31, 2020. This waiver is effective immediately, and remains in effect through Sept. 30, 2021.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #39
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0138
Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Child and Adult Care Food Program - Extension 2

This extension of Nationwide Waiver of Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Child and  Adult Care Food Program – EXTENSION, issued on June 8, 2020 to waive the requirements until Aug. 31, 2020 applies to the Child and Adult Care Food Program. This waiver is effective immediately, and remains in effect through Sept. 30, 2021.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #40