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Questions and Answers for Child Nutrition Program Reporting in SY 2021-22

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DATE:September 9, 2021
SUBJECT:Questions and Answers for Child Nutrition Program Reporting in School Year 2021-22
TO:Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

This memorandum contains questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state and local agencies on child nutrition administrative reporting requirements in school year 2021-22. Topics covered include reporting of National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Seamless Summer Option (SSO) meals and snacks reimbursed at the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) payment rates, as well as other COVID-19 related reporting issues.

Pursuant to authority in Section 2202(a) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA) (PL 116-127), as extended by the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021 and Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159), and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued several nationwide waivers and flexibilities. The child nutrition program nationwide waivers for SY 2021-22 are available online at The nationwide waivers include allowing school food authorities (SFAs) to participate in the SSO when school is open during the regular school year in SY 2021-22 and allowing SSO meals and snacks served to be paid at the higher SFSP rate.

FNS appreciates the continued efforts of state agencies and local program operators to meet the nutritional needs of children during this 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.

Sarah E. Smith-Holmes
Program Monitoring and Operational Support Division
Child Nutrition Programs


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.