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Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol

Last Published: 04/04/2018

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance for State agencies requesting waivers of Program requirements for the Child Nutrition Programs, including the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the School Breakfast Program (SBP).  The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has the authority to grant waivers of certain Program requirements to facilitate Program operation and has approved waivers in recent years that maintain Program purpose, while streamlining administration and safeguarding Program integrity.  

This memorandum provides an overview of statutory waiver authority, the waiver request and review process, and data reporting requirements.  The intent is to ensure that waiver requests submitted to FNS are complete and that data demonstrating the outcomes of waived requirements are reported to FNS and can be used to both maintain Program integrity as well as to inform future Program policy.  This memorandum also includes a revised version of the Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Template [Attachment].  States are highly encouraged to use this template when submitting waiver requests for the CACFP, SFSP, NSLP, and SBP. Using the template ensures all information required by FNS, as outlined in this memorandum, is included in the waiver request.  However, if States choose not to use the template, they must ensure that all components in the template are addressed.

This memorandum supersedes SFSP 09-2015, Summer Food Service Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol, December 12, 2014.  

Document #: 
SP27 CACFP12 SFSP08-2017