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Resource | Policy Memos

CN - SFSP Monitoring Waiver

Due to the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, USDA is establishing a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool Brochure

This tri-fold brochure provides information on the Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool  (PSTTT). The PSTTT is a free, web-based tool available for school nutrition professionals to record their annually required training hours.

Resource | Technical Assistance

Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs

A central resource outlining the USDA Professional Standards requirements for state and local school nutrition professionals.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Professional Standards: Resources

These resources provide school nutrition professionals with the knowledge and tools to implement and meet the Professional Standards requirements within their programs.

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 | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0184

Q&As Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow SFSP and Seamless Summer Option Operations through SY 2020-21 – Extension Q&As #3

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and program operators as they continue to operate the NSLP, School Breakfast Program, NSLP Seamless Summer Option, SFSP, and CACFP during the school year.

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Resource | Technical Assistance

Summer Food Service Program State Deadlines for Sponsors

Federal regulations require that all sponsor applications be submitted to the state agency by June 15th. States may establish earlier annual deadlines, but are encouraged to work with sponsors wishing to apply after the state’s earlier deadline.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0182

Reporting of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Data for Forms FNS-10, FNS-44, and FNS-418

Through a series of waivers, NSLP/SBP, and CACFP local program operators were able to continue their mission to provide healthful meals to eligible children using combinations of the flexibilities provided for under NSLP/SBP, CACFP, the NSLP Seamless Summer Option, and the Summer Food Service Program.

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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0096

Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children – Extension 2

Program operators in a state with an approved waiver allowing non-congregate meal distribution during COVID–19-related operations may distribute meals to a parent or guardian to take home to their children for school year 2020-21. FNS recognizes that  continuing to require children to come to the meal site to pick up meals may not be practical and in keeping with the goal of providing meals while also taking appropriate safety measures.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #35