Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0109
State Guidance on Coronavirus P-EBT

USDA is committed to providing nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger, USDA announced that it is increasing the Pandemic EBT benefit by approximately 15 percent, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school and child care closures.

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).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0066
Questions and Answers for Child Nutrition Program Operations in School Year 2021-2022

This memorandum provides Q&As related to the nationwide waivers released for School Year 2021-2022 and applies to state agencies administering, and local organizations operating, the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option. 

SP15 CACFP13 SFSP08-2021
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0065
Nationwide Waiver of Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessments in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

FNS is establishing a nationwide waiver to support schools unable to complete a triennial assessment of the local school wellness policies by June 30, 2021, due to school closures as a result of COVID–19. This waiver applies to state agencies that have local educational agencies administering the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.

Child Nutrition Response #98
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0063
Nationwide Waiver to Provide Flexibility for School Meal Programs Administrative Reviews of SFAs Operating Only the SSO in SY 2021-22

This waiver facilitates state agencies abilities to conduct a school meal programs administrative review when a School Food Authority is only operating the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option in SY 2021-2022.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #97
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0050
Pandemic EBT – Summer 2021

In an effort to make the distribution of P-EBT benefits to eligible children as efficient as possible, USDA has developed a simple P-EBT summer plan template. The template allows states to elect a USDA-determined standard benefit that relieves states of the burden of determining their own benefit levels based on state-specific school district calendars.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0016
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 6

This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children – EXTENSION 5 — granted on Oct. 9, 2020, that expires on June 30, 2021— through Sept. 30, 2021. This extension applies to the SFSP and FNS is extending this flexibility to the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #76
Resource | Waivers
CN - SFSP Application Notification Waiver
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0012
FDPIR Federal Pandemic Unemployment Income Exclusion

On Dec. 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021. This Act excludes federal pandemic unemployment compensation payments authorized under  the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act from consideration as income for the purposes of determining FDPIR eligibility. 

Resource | Policy Memos
P-EBT Guidance for Schools and Child Care

USDA is committed to providing nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. On January 22, in support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger, USDA announced that it is increasing the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefit by approximately 15 percent, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school and child care closures.