Resource | FAQs/Q&As
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-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 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
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0045
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibility for Senior High Schools in School Year 2021-2022

FNS waives, for all states, the requirement for senior high schools (as defined by the state education agency) to participate in offer versus serve during school year 2021-2022. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #92
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0042
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children for School Year 2021-2022

Under this waiver, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food 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. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #89
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0041
Nationwide Waiver of Meal Times Requirements for School Year 2021-2022

Under this waiver, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program operators in states that elect to be subject to this waiver may serve meals outside of the standard meal times. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #88
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0038
Nationwide Waiver to Allow the Seamless Summer Option through School Year 2021-2022

This waiver allows the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option to operate when school is open during the regular school year through June 30, 2022.

Child Nutrition Response #85
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0034
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Sponsors that Successfully Participated in the SFSP in FY 2019 to Operate as Experienced Sponsors in FY 2021

This waiver allows state agencies the discretion to use a streamlined application process for sponsors that did not operate the Summer Food Service Program in FY 2020 due to COVID-19, but operated in FY 2019 and were in good standing. FNS is also waiving the requirement for state agencies to conduct pre-approval visits of SFSP sponsors that did not participate in FY 2020. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #83
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0032
Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Programs: State Agency Implementation Plan Template and Q&A Guidance

This memorandum announces the release of the state agency supplemental implementation plan templates for use in the Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Programs.

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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Food Safety COVID-19 Resources

Learn more about COVID-19 food safety resources available to FNS program operators including new resources for school nutrition professionals from the Institute of Child Nutrition.