Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0002
Questions & Answers Regarding Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Program Personnel

This Q&A memorandum is designed to provide an overview of the policies related to the Professional Standards regulations for state and local school nutrition program personnel. The regulations seek to ensure that school nutrition program personnel have the knowledge and skills to manage and operate the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program correctly and successfully.

SP05-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0006
Paid Lunch Equity: Guidance for School Year 2020-21

Congress provides that only school food authorities that had a negative balance in the nonprofit school food service account as of Dec. 31, 2019, shall be required to establish prices for paid lunches according to the Paid Lunch Equity provisions in the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, and implemented in National School Lunch Program regulations.

SP07-2020
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-2020-0047
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility - Extension

FNS is extending a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This extension  applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #13
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0065
Fiscal Year 2020 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

This memorandum and attachments provide guidance on the specific terms and conditions, funding goals, period of performance, and timelines for grants to distribute $30 million provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 to state agencies to competitively award Equipment Assistance Grants to eligible School Food Authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program.

SP17-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0105
Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the NLSP and SFSP

FNS waives  food service management company contracts duration requirements for all state agencies, school food authorities, and Summer Food Service Program sponsors. Contracts that may expire by or around June 30, 2020 may be extended through school year 2020-2021.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response # 19
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0072
Nationwide Non-Congregate Feeding Waiver- Extension

In response to the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Response Act, and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, USDA established a nationwide waiver of congregate feeding requirements to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. This waiver remains in effect until August 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response #22
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0074
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility - Extension 2

FNS is extending a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This extension of Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the child nutrition programs, issued March 25, 2020, applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. This waiver remains in effect until June 30, 2020.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #24
Resource | Fact Sheets
Off-site Monitoring Fact Sheets for Child Nutrition Programs

FNS issued eight child nutrition programs off-site monitoring fact sheets to assist states and sponsors in conducting off-site monitoring of child nutrition programs during the pandemic. These documents include a fact sheet that has background information on all programs, as well as separate facts sheets for state and local operators for each program.

Resource | Success Stories
USDA Foods in Schools Photo Contest

Each year we ask child nutrition professionals to inspire other foodservice professionals and submit a picture of your most creative meal utilizing USDA Foods.  With more than 200 USDA Foods items available, we want to highlight each food group and the innovative ways in which they can be used.