Child Nutrition Program Nationwide Waivers: Q&As
|DATE:||April 11, 2020|
|MEMO CODE:||SP 13-2020|
|SUBJECT:||Child Nutrition Program Nationwide Waivers: Questions and Answers|
Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (P.L. 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:
- Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Service Time Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs
- Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs
- Nationwide Waiver of the Activity Requirement in Afterschool Care Child Nutrition Programs
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 on the FNS Response to COVID—19 website: https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19.
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