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Child Nutrition Program Nationwide Waivers: Q&As

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PDF Icon SP 13-2020 (205.14 KB)
DATE:April 11, 2020
SUBJECT:Child Nutrition Program Nationwide Waivers: Questions and Answers 1
TO:Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (PL 116-127), and based on the exceptional circumstances of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued three Nationwide Waivers on March 20, 2020, to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. The following waivers apply automatically to all states that elect to use them, without further application:

The following questions and answers are meant to address questions state agencies and program operators may have based on the three Nationwide Waivers. The waivers are available at COVID-19 Waivers by State.

FNS appreciates the exceptional effort of state agencies and local program operators working to meet the nutritional needs of child and adult participants during a challenging time. State agencies are reminded to distribute this memorandum to program operators immediately. Program operators should direct any questions concerning this guidance to their state agency. State agencies with questions should contact the appropriate FNS regional office.

Angela M. Kline
Policy and Program Development Division
Child Nutrition Programs


1 Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 USC 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this waiver as not major, as defined by 5 USC 804(2).

Page updated: December 20, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.