Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0031
COVID-19 Congregate Meal Waivers & Q&As on Summer Meal Delivery Using Existing Authority

On March 9, 2020, FNS began approving waivers enabling Summer Food Service Program and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus.

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-2020-0036
Q&As related to the Child Nutrition Program Monitoring and Reporting Nationwide Waivers

This memorandum provides clarification on nationwide waivers related available to all states, school food authorities and sponsoring organizations providing monitoring flexibilities in child nutrition programs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. 

SP11 CACFP06 SFSP05-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0038
Child Nutrition Program Nationwide Waivers: Q&As

Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, and based on the exceptional circumstances of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, FNS issued three nationwide waivers to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. 

SP 13-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0039
Child Nutrition Program Meal Service during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks: Q&As #3

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and program operators on the operation of the child nutrition programs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

SP 14-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0083
Q&As related to Food Service Management Company Contracts and Allowable Costs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This memorandum includes questions and answers for state agencies and local program operators on flexibilities available under the child nutrition programs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

SP 21-2020, CACFP 12-2020, SFSP 12-2020
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0162
Q&As Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow SFSP and Seamless Summer Option Operations through December 2020

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and program operators as they operate the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, NSLP Seamless Summer Option , Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program in the coming months, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

SP 25-2020, CACFP 14-2020, SFSP 14-2020 
Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2019-0007
School Meals FAQs

School meals are required to meet specific nutrition standards to operate the school meals programs. The standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0073
Farm to School and School Garden Expenses

Recently, we have received several questions about the use of funds from the nonprofit school food service account to cover expenditures related to farm to school activities and school gardens. The questions and answers below address specific scenarios that school food authorities may be dealing with when considering the allowability of such costs.

SP06-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0021
Implementation of Section 361, Full Use of Federal Funds, FAQ – Second Edition

On February 18, 2011, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued Child Nutrition (CN) memorandum SP20 CACFP10 SFSP07-2011 addressing implementation of Section 361 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), Full Use of Federal Funds.

SP25 CACFP14 SFSP09-2011