Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0190
SNAP - Temporary Increase in Maximum Allotments due to COVID-19 (revised as of 12/28/2020)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed on Dec. 27, 2020, increases SNAP benefits by raising maximum allotments to 115 percent of the June 2020 value of the Thrifty Food Plan. This memorandum provides the revised maximum SNAP allotment amounts by household size for the 48 states and D.C., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Virgin Islands. 

Resource | Waivers
SNAP - Periodic Report Flexibility for Non-Extended Recertification Cases

FNS will permit state agencies to use periodic report procedures for household due to recertify to establish a new certification period. This may only be applied to households that have not had their certification periods previously extended through other adjustments.

Resource | Waivers
SNAP - Reporting Waivers
Resource | Waivers
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Waivers

FNS is allowing parents/guardians to pick-up FFVP foods and bring them home to their children.

Resource | Waivers
SNAP - Extending Certification Periods and Adjusting Periodic Reports

Allows states to extend certification periods and temporarily waive periodic report form submissions for households whose certification periods expire within a set timeframe.

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-2020-0187
Implementation of WIC and WIC FMNP Waiver Extension Provisions in the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act

This policy memorandum provides further guidance on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children programmatic waivers as authorized under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159), in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

WIC Policy Memo #2021-1
Resource | Waivers
WIC - Vendor Preauthorization Visits

FNS is removing the requirement for onsite preauthorization visits and allowing these visits to be done onsite after the public health emergency and applicable state and local social distancing orders are lifted.

Resource | Fact Sheets
Off-site Monitoring Fact Sheets for Child Nutrition Programs

FNS issued eight child nutrition programs off-site monitoring fact sheets to assist states and sponsors in conducting off-site monitoring of child nutrition programs during the pandemic. These documents include a fact sheet that has background information on all programs, as well as separate facts sheets for state and local operators for each program.

Resource | Technical Assistance
P-EBT Plan Template Schools

This document is a template to assist states in the development of state plans to operate Pandemic EBT for school children during school year 2020-2021. This document relates to Section 4601 of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159).