Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0109
State Guidance on Coronavirus P-EBT

USDA is committed to providing nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger, USDA announced that it is increasing the Pandemic EBT benefit by approximately 15 percent, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school and child care closures.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0055
Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 - Effect on Child Nutrition Programs

This memorandum provides notice to child nutrition program operators that the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 allows the substitution of vegetables for fruits under the school breakfast program; prohibits funds from being used to procure raw or processed poultry products from the People’s Republic of China; provides guidance related to pricing of paid lunches for the school lunch program during SY 2021-2022; and allows the offering of low-fat (1% fat) flavored milk in the school lunch and school breakfast programs.

SP11 CACFP10 SFSP06-2021
Resource | Best Practices
Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Award Program

​The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding summer meal program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0050
Pandemic EBT – Summer 2021

In an effort to make the distribution of P-EBT benefits to eligible children as efficient as possible, USDA has developed a simple P-EBT summer plan template. The template allows states to elect a USDA-determined standard benefit that relieves states of the burden of determining their own benefit levels based on state-specific school district calendars.

Resource | Policy
Oversight Plan Waiver

FNS understands that these are challenging times for all and that many state agencies and program operators face significant resource and time constraints. We are committed to approving waivers that support state agencies and program operators as they strive to run successful programs and meet child nutrition program requirements in order to provide nutritious food to eligible participants.

Resource | Notices
School Meals Operations Study: Evaluation of the COVID-19 Child Nutrition Waivers and Child Nutrition Programs

This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection for the School Meals Operations Study with updated survey instruments for SY 2021-2022. This study will collect data from state agencies and public school food authorities, including disaggregated administrative data and data on the continued use and effectiveness of the CN COVID-19 waivers.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0043
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Specific School Meal Pattern Flexibility for School Year 2021-2022

FNS waives, for all states, the requirements to serve meals that meet specified meal pattern requirements during the public health emergency due to COVID–19. This waiver applies to state agencies administering and local organizations operating the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. These flexibilities also apply to the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #90
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0050
Child Nutrition Nationwide Waiver 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.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #84
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0047
Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meal Programs – Revised – EXTENSION 3

FNS waives, for all state agencies and school food authorities, school meal programs onsite monitoring requirements. This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs – Revised – Extension 2 granted on Aug. 4, 2020 that expires on June 30, 2021. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #94
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0046
Nationwide Waiver of Area Eligibility in the Afterschool Programs and for Family Day Care Home Providers in School Year 2021-2022

This waiver allows schools and at-risk afterschool care centers, regardless of their location, to claim all National School Lunch Program Afterschool Snack Service and Child and Adult Care Food Program At-risk Afterschool Program meals and snacks at the free rate. This waiver also allows day care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to claim all meals served to enrolled children at the Tier 1 rate, regardless of their location.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #93