Resource | Policy Memos | COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #16
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the Summer Food Service Program

During the public health emergency due to COVID-19, FNS waives, for all states, requirements that limit the use of Offer versus Serve (OVS) to school food authorities and require sponsors to apply OVS under the rules followed for the National School Lunch Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #15
Nationwide Waiver to Waive First Week Site Visits in the SFSP

FNS waives the requirement that SFSP sponsors are required to visit each of their sites at least once during the first week of operation. This waiver applies to state agencies administering and local organizations that have operated the SFSP successfully in the previous year, and SFSP sponsors in good standing that have successfully participated in the Child and Adult Care Food Program or the National School Lunch Program.  

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response # 19
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.

Resource | Policy Memos
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 | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #26
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility - Extension 3

Pursuant to section 2202(a) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127) and in light of the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, FNS is extending a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19).

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #12
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, the Child and Adult Food Care Program and the Summer Food Service Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP20 CACFP12 SFSP12-2020
Questions and Answers on the Nationwide Waiver to Extend Unanticipated School Closure Operations through June 30, 2020

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and program operators as they transition from unanticipated school closure operations to traditional Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) operations.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #24
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 (the child nutrition programs). This waiver remains in effect until June 30, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #21
Nationwide Waiver to Extend Unanticipated School Closure Operations through June 30, 2020

This waiver delays the transition from National School Lunch Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) operations during unanticipated school closures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to traditional SSO and SFSP operations through June 30, 2020.

Resource | Waivers
Child Nutrition Area Eligibility Waiver

Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act, FNS is allowing states during unanticipated school closures to waive the requirement in the summer feeding programs that “open site” meal service is limited to areas with at least half of the children in the area are in low-income households.