Resource | Policy Memos
State Guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides the Secretary of Agriculture authority to approve state agency plans for temporary emergency standards of eligibility and levels of benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. Children who would receive free or reduced price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act if not for the school closure are eligible under this provision. State agencies may submit plans in any case in which a school is closed for at least 5 consecutive days during a public health emergency designation during which the school would otherwise be in session.

Resource | Policy Memos
Waiver of 60 Day Reporting Requirements

Pursuant to the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Response Act (H.R. 6201, Title II), and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, the Food and Nutrition Service is granting a nationwide waiver to help minimize potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program, the Child and Adult Food Care Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.

Resource | Policy Memos
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 | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #5
CN - Parent Pickup Waivers for School Meals

Under this waiver, 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. State agencies must have a plan for ensuring that Program operators are able to maintain accountability and program integrity. (2) This waiver applies to State agencies administering and local organizations operating the: National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #2
CN COVID-19 Non-congregate Feeding Nationwide Waiver

In response to the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Response Act, and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, USDA is establishing a nationwide waiver of congregate feeding requirements to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program (the child nutrition programs).

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #1
CN COVID-19 Meal Times Nationwide 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 (the child nutrition programs).

Resource | Fact Sheets
Using USDA Food During a Human Pandemic Outbreak Options for Schools and Communities

This fact sheet is for using USDA Food during a human pandemic outbreak.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP04 CACFP03 SFSP03-2020
Meal Service During Unanticipated School Closures

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide updated guidance on the child nutrition program flexibilities available during unanticipated school closures. Schools may face unanticipated closures due to natural disasters, unscheduled major building repairs, court orders relating to school safety or other issues, labor-management disputes, or, when approved by the state agency, a similar cause. Unanticipated school closures prevent children from receiving educational instruction and the nutritious meals they would normally receive. The Food and Nutrition Service encourages school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program, institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and sponsors participating in the Summer Food Service Program to use the flexibilities described in this memorandum to help ensure that children do not experience a lapse in food security when extreme weather or other events force area schools and child care facilities to close.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP05 CACFP05-2018
Providing Child Nutrition Program Benefits to Disaster Survivor Evacuees

This memorandum provides a reminder overview of options available under current program policy and regulation for connecting children and adult survivors, who have evacuated from areas subject to major disaster and emergency declarations, with child nutrition program (CNP) benefits. Many survivors have evacuated as a result of the recent hurricanes and wildfires and program operators are working hard to enroll and provide services for those evacuees.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP46 CACFP12 SFSP18-2014
Disaster Response

This memorandum supersedes SP 25-2012, CACFP 12-2012, SFSP 10-2012, Disaster Response and provides an overview of ways State agencies, school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP), institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and sponsors participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can respond to situations resulting from damage or disruptions due to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flood as well as other exceptional emergency situations or man-made disasters.