Resource | Policy
Oversight Plan Waiver

FNS understands that these are challenging times for all and that many state agencies and program operators face significant resource and time constraints. We are committed to approving waivers that support state agencies and program operators as they strive to run successful programs and meet child nutrition program requirements in order to provide nutritious food to eligible participants.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0002
Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program Extension

This waiver allows food service management company contracts that may expire by or around June 30, 2021, and have not been extended for SY 2020-2021 to be extended through school year 2021-2022 (June 30, 2022). To ensure program integrity during this time, extended FSMC contracts are limited to one-year only. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #71
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-2021-0001
Q&As to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations School Year 2020-2021 #4

This memorandum provides clarification on additional questions related to the operation of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Seamless Summer Option, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program during school year 2020-2021. 

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Resource | Comment Request
Comment Request - Generic Clearance for the Special Nutrition Programs Quick Response Surveys (SNP QRS)

This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection to conduct short, quick-turnaround surveys of state and local agencies providing food, education, and other services in the Child Nutrition and Supplemental Nutrition and Safety programs administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service. 

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 | 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 | Waivers
CN - SFSP Application Notification Waiver
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0184
Q&As Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow SFSP and Seamless Summer Option Operations through SY 2020-21 – Extension Q&As #3

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to State agencies and Program operators as they continue to operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during the school year.

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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0182
Reporting of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Data for Forms FNS-10, FNS-44, and FNS-418

The federally-declared public health emergency due to COVID-19 created an unprecedented challenge to providing healthful meals to children who normally participate in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Through a series of waivers, NSLP/SBP, and CACFP local program operators were able to continue their mission to provide healthful meals to eligible children using combinations of the flexibilities provided for under NSLP/SBP, CACFP, the NSLP Seamless Summer Option, and the Summer Food Service Program.

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