Resource | Notices
Extension of Comment Period: Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the NSLP and SBP

This rulemaking proposes changes to simplify meal pattern and monitoring requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The proposed changes, including optional flexibilities, are customer-focused and intended to help State and local Program operators overcome operational challenges that limit their ability to manage these Programs efficiently. The original comment period for this rule ends on March 23, 2020. FNS is extending the comment period through April 22, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0050
COVID-19 Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children

Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, FNS is establishing a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID– 19).

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #5
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0019
COVID-19 Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs

Pursuant to section 2202(a) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and in light of the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, FNS is granting a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #4
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0051
Nationwide Waiver of Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

FNS is establishing a nationwide waiver to support the Community  Eligibility Provision while schools are responding to the novel coronavirus. The deadlines affected by this waiver include the CEP election, notification and reporting deadlines.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #6
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0084
Waiver of 60-Day Reporting Requirements

FNS is granting a nationwide waiver of the 60-day reporting requirements to help minimize potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program (SMP), the Child and Adult Food Care Program and the Summer Food Service Program.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #12
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0088
Nationwide Waivers of Child Nutrition Monitoring

FNS has used its authority under FFRCA to waive certain onsite monitoring requirements for the school meals programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program, so that programs can to maintain program integrity and support social distancing while providing meals. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0022
Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs

In light of the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, FNS is granting a nationwide waiver to help minimize potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #9
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0023
Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the CACFP

In light of the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, FNS is granting a nationwide waiver  of onsite monitoring requirements for state agencies in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to help minimize potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #8
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0024
Nationwide Waiver of Monitoring Requirements for Sponsors in the CACFP

In light of the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, FNS is granting a nationwide waiver of monitoring requirements for CACFP sponsors to help minimize potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #7
Resource | FAQs/Q&As
COVID-19 Questions and Answers for States

USDA has issued a series of question and answer documents on flexibilities, adjustments and waivers to support effective operations and provide access to benefits while states respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).