Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0076
COVID-19 Waiver Requests Submitted Prior to December 31, 2020

This memorandum clarifies that individual state agency waiver requests submitted to FNS in calendar year 2020 requesting flexibilities in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, Special Milk Program for Children, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the COVID-19 public health emergency that have not been approved or denied prior to Dec. 31, 2020, will no longer be considered active requests. 

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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-2021-0043
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Specific School Meal Pattern Flexibility for School Year 2021-2022

FNS waives, for all states, the requirements to serve meals that meet specified meal pattern requirements during the public health emergency due to COVID–19. This waiver applies to state agencies administering and local organizations operating the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. These flexibilities also apply to the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #90
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0050
Child Nutrition Nationwide Waiver Update for School Year 2021-2022

This memo announces a new suite of child nutrition program nationwide waivers and flexibilities to support a successful school reopening in school year 2021-2022.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #84
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0047
Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meal Programs – Revised – EXTENSION 3

FNS waives, for all state agencies and school food authorities, school meal programs onsite monitoring requirements. This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs – Revised – Extension 2 granted on Aug. 4, 2020 that expires on June 30, 2021. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #94
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0046
Nationwide Waiver of Area Eligibility in the Afterschool Programs and for Family Day Care Home Providers in School Year 2021-2022

This waiver allows schools and at-risk afterschool care centers, regardless of their location, to claim all National School Lunch Program Afterschool Snack Service and Child and Adult Care Food Program At-risk Afterschool Program meals and snacks at the free rate. This waiver also allows day care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to claim all meals served to enrolled children at the Tier 1 rate, regardless of their location.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #93
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0040
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Meal Service for School Year 2021-2022

Under this waiver, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program operators in states that elect to be subject to this waiver may provide non-congregate meals during COVID–19 operations. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #87
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0039
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program Reimbursement Rates in School Year 2021-2022

This waiver allows school food authorities to claim National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option meals and snacks at the Summer Food Service Program reimbursement rates. This waiver applies to state agencies administering, and local organizations operating, the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option in school year 2021-2022. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #86
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0051
Department of Education Guidance on Implementation of Child Nutrition Program Waivers

On Jan. 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released a fact sheet that outlines options and clarification for state and local educational agencies to successfully implement programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 while operating under child nutrition programs waiver flexibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Resource | Policy
FFCRA Opt-In Waiver for School Year 2021-2022 National School Lunch Program USDA Foods Entitlement Calculations

Pursuant to section 2202(a) of the FFCRA, as extended by the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021, FNS is establishing a nationwide opt-in waiver to help minimize the impact of coronavirus related school closures on USDA Foods entitlement calculations.