Resource | Data
Child Nutrition Tables
Resource | Policy
Oversight Plan Waiver

FNS understands that these are challenging times for all and that many state agencies and program operators face significant resource and time constraints. We are committed to approving waivers that support state agencies and program operators as they strive to run successful programs and meet child nutrition program requirements in order to provide nutritious food to eligible participants.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0034
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Sponsors that Successfully Participated in the SFSP in FY 2019 to Operate as Experienced Sponsors in FY 2021

This waiver allows state agencies the discretion to use a streamlined application process for sponsors that did not operate the Summer Food Service Program in FY 2020 due to COVID-19, but operated in FY 2019 and were in good standing. FNS is also waiving the requirement for state agencies to conduct pre-approval visits of SFSP sponsors that did not participate in FY 2020. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #83
Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Farm to School Census and Comprehensive Review

The Farm to School Census and Comprehensive Review includes the 2019 Farm to School Census; a descriptive review of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program; a review of published research on farm to school since 2010; and a set of interviews with school food distributors. These reports will be released over the course of 2021.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Food Safety COVID-19 Resources

Learn more about COVID-19 food safety resources available to FNS program operators including new resources for school nutrition professionals from the Institute of Child Nutrition. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0021
Nationwide Waiver to Waive First Week Site Visits in the Summer Food Service Program for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 3

This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver of First Week Site Visits in the Summer Food Service Program – EXTENSION 2 – granted on Oct. 9, 2020, that expires on June 30, 2021– through Sept. 30, 2021. This waiver extension applies to the Summer Food Service Program.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #81
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0015
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Feeding for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 6

This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Feeding in the Summer Food Service Program and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option granted on Oct. 9, 2020, that expires on June 30, 2021—through Sept. 30, 2021.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #75
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0019
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the Summer Food Service Program for Summer 2021 Operations– EXTENSION 3

This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the Summer Food Service Program – EXTENSION 2 - granted on Oct. 9, 2020, that expires on June 30, 2021– through Sept. 30, 2021.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #79
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0018
Nationwide Waiver of Meal Service Time Restrictions for Summer 2021 Operations– EXTENSION 3

This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver of Meal Service Time Restrictions in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option - EXTENSION 2– granted on Oct. 9, 2020, that expires on June 30, 2021 – through Sept. 30, 2021.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #78
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0020
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 3

This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option - EXTENSION 2 granted on Oct. 9, 2020, that expires on June 30, 2021- through Sept. 30, 2021. This waiver extension applies to the Summer Food Service Program and FNS is extending this flexibility to the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #80