Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Feeding Kids When Schools Are Closed

This downloadable handout conveys information about the child nutrition program meal service options available during the public health emergency.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0084
Waiver of 60-Day Reporting Requirements

FNS is granting a nationwide waiver of the 60-day reporting requirements 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 (SMP), the Child and Adult Food Care Program and the Summer Food Service Program.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #12
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-2020-0047
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility - Extension

FNS is extending a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This extension  applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #13
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0105
Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the NLSP and SFSP

FNS waives  food service management company contracts duration requirements for all state agencies, school food authorities, and Summer Food Service Program sponsors. Contracts that may expire by or around June 30, 2020 may be extended through school year 2020-2021.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response # 19
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0048
Nationwide Waiver of Meal Service Time Restrictions in the Summer Food Service Program and the NSLP Seamless Summer Option

FNS is establishing a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19) for the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #17
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0063
Nationwide Waiver to Extend Unanticipated School Closure Operations through June 30, 2020

This waiver delays the transition from National School Lunch Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) operations during unanticipated school closures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to traditional SSO and SFSP operations through June 30, 2020.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #21
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0106
Nationwide Waiver to Waive First Week Site Visits in the SFSP

FNS waives the requirement that SFSP sponsors are required to visit each of their sites at least once during the first week of operation. This waiver applies to state agencies administering and local organizations that have operated the SFSP successfully in the previous year, and SFSP sponsors in good standing that have successfully participated in the Child and Adult Care Food Program or the National School Lunch Program.  

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #15
Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Child Nutrition Program Meal Service During COVID-19

USDA is working closely with states and child nutrition program operators to provide nutritious meals and snacks to children, while supporting social distancing efforts related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0072
Nationwide Non-Congregate Feeding Waiver- Extension

In response to the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Response Act, and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, USDA established 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. This waiver remains in effect until August 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response #22