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Child Nutrition COVID-19 Waivers from Previous School Years

Meal Times Waiver: FNS is letting meals be served to kids outside traditional times to maximize flexibility for meal pick-up. [Extension] [Extension 2] [Extension 3] [Extended through June 2021] [Expired June 30, 2021]

Non-congregate Feeding Waiver: FNS is allowing meals to be served in non-group settings to support social distancing. [Extension] [Extension 2] [Extension 3] [Extension 4] [Extension 5] [Extension 6] [Expired June 30, 2021]

Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-Up Waiver: FNS is allowing parents/guardians to pick-up meals and bring them home to their children. [Extension] [Extension 2] [Extension 3] [Extension 4] [Extension 5] [Extension 6] [Expired June 30, 2021]

Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Operations: FNS is allowing SFSP and Seamless Summer Option operations through June 30, 2021. [Extension] [Expired June 30, 2021]

60-Day Reporting Waiver: FNS is extending the 60-day reporting deadline for all state agencies, school food authorities, and CACFP and SFSP sponsoring organizations for January and February 2020. [This waiver shall only apply for claims covering operations in the months of January and February 2020.]

Afterschool Activity Waiver: FNS paused requirements for enrichment activities to accompany afterschool meals & snacks. [Expired June 30, 2021]

At-risk Afterschool Area Eligibility Waiver: FNS is allowing schools and afterschool care centers to serve at-risk afterschool meals and snacks to students regardless of their location, through Dec. 31, 2020. [Extended through June 2021] [Expired June 30, 2021]

Local School Wellness Assessments: FNS has established a nationwide waiver to support schools unable to complete a triennial assessment of the local school wellness policies due to school closures. [Expired June 30, 2021]

Offer Versus Serve Flexibility for Senior High Schools in NSLP for School Year 2020–21: FNS has established a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus for school year 2020-21. [Expired June 30, 2021]

Pre-approval Flexibility: FNS is allowing reimbursements for meals served prior to notification of approval and provide flexibility for pre-approval visits. [Extended through June 2021]

Unexpected School Closures: In the early days of the pandemic response FNS provided guidance and flexibility regarding where and how school meals could be served during closures.

Page updated: April 07, 2023