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Child Nutrition Waiver Update to Address Meal Service During Unanticipated School Closures and Supply Chain Issues

This memo announces a new set of child nutrition program waivers for school year 2021-2022. Since March 2020, USDA has worked to ensure state agencies, schools and other community partners have the tools they need to maintain children’s access to nutritious meals during COVID-19.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0101

Nationwide Waiver for Selected Child Nutrition Program Reporting Requirements

This waiver cancels selected administrative data reporting requirements in the Child Nutrition Programs, specifically the following: FNS-640 Administrative Review Report Form; FNS-828 School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price Report; FNS-874 Local Educational Agency Second Review of Applications; Ameliorative Action Plans for Verification Results; State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report; and Performance-Based Reimbursement (7 Cents) Quarterly Report.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #106
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0100

Nationwide Waiver to Allow Service of Meals at School Sites during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2021-22

Under this waiver, Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option operators in states that elect to be subject to this waiver may serve meals at school sites during unanticipated school closures in school year 2021-2022.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #105
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0099

Nationwide Waiver of Area Eligibility Requirements for Service Institutions Operating the SFSP during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2021-22

Under this waiver, service institutions operating the Summer Food Service Program in states, whose agencies elect to be subject to this waiver, may operate open sites in areas that are not located in “Areas in which poor economic conditions exist” during unanticipated school closures in school year 2021-2022.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #104
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0102

Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals Served by Service Institutions through the SFSP during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2021-22

Under this waiver, Summer Food Service Program operators in states that elect to be subject to this waiver, and that elected to allow non-congregate meal distribution during COVID–19-related operations via COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #101, may distribute meals to a parent or guardian to take home to their children during an unanticipated school closure in School Year 2021-2022. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #103
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0098

Nationwide Waiver of Meal Times Requirements for Service Institutions Operating the SFSP during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2021-22

Under this waiver, Summer Food Service Program operators in states that elect to be subject to this waiver may serve meals outside of the standard meal times during unanticipated school closures in SY 2021-22.  This waiver applies to state agencies administering, and service institutions operating, the Summer Food Service Program. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #102
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0097

Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Meal Service for Service Institutions Operating the SFSP during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2021-22

Under this waiver, Summer Food Service Program service institutions in states that elect to be subject to this waiver may provide non-congregate meals during COVID–19 operations during unanticipated school closures in school year 2021-2022.  This waiver applies to state agencies administering, and service institutions operating, the Summer Food Service Program.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #101
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0094

Waiver to Allow Fiscal Action Flexibility for Meal Pattern Violations Related to COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting School Meals in SY 2021-22

FNS is granting a waiver of certain fiscal action requirements in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. This waiver is available for any state where there is a supply chain disruption with respect to foods served under such a qualified program and such disruption is due to COVID–19.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #100
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0065

Reimbursement for Meals and Snacks Served to Young Adults in the CACFP - Q&A's

This memorandum includes questions and answers to provide clarification to state agencies, emergency shelters, and emergency shelters that operate at-risk after school care centers regarding meals and snacks served to young adults in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

CACFP 12-2021
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0014

Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibilities for Summer 2021 Operations- Extension 9

FNS is extending a waiver of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program meal pattern requirements to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19) this summer.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #74