Resource | Policy Memos
Questions and Answers for Child Nutrition Program Operations in School Year 2021-2022

This memorandum provides Q&As related to the nationwide waivers released for School Year 2021-2022 and applies to state agencies administering, and local organizations operating, the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option. 

SP15 CACFP13 SFSP08-2021
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0065
Nationwide Waiver of Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessments in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

FNS is establishing a nationwide waiver to support schools unable to complete a triennial assessment of the local school wellness policies by June 30, 2021, due to school closures as a result of COVID–19. This waiver applies to state agencies that have local educational agencies administering the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.

Child Nutrition Response #98
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0065
Reimbursement for Meals and Snacks Served to Young Adults in the CACFP - Q&A's

This memorandum includes questions and answers to provide clarification to state agencies, emergency shelters, and emergency shelters that operate at-risk after school care centers regarding meals and snacks served to young adults in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

CACFP 12-2021
Resource | Notices
Child Nutrition Programs: Non-Competitive Technology Innovation Grant Funding

This notice announces the availability of non-competitive technology innovation grant funding, which will be distributed on a formula basis beginning in FY 2021 among all eligible state agencies administering the child nutrition programs and requests comment on this non-competitive approach.

Resource | Policy Memos
Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data by Visual Observation and Identification

This memorandum states visual observation and identification by Child and Adult Food Care Program institutions and facilities and Summer Food Service Program sponsors is no longer an allowable practice for program operators to use during the collection of race or ethnicity data.   USDA will update CACFP and SFSP policy guidance.

CACFP 11-2021, SFSP 07-2021
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0059
Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021: Effect on Child Nutrition Programs - REVISED

This memorandum provides notice to child nutrition program operators regarding Sections 743, 764, 767, and 789 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 enacted on Dec. 21, 2020. This revised memorandum applies to state agencies administering, and local organizations operating the federal child nutrition programs. It is revised to correct the timeframe intended by Congress for Section 743.
 

SP11 CACFP10 SFSP06 -2021
Resource | Notices
Information Collection: Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer

This is a revision of a currently approved information collection for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer for the reporting burden associated with administering P-EBT.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0060
Questions and Answers Regarding Child Nutrition Program Oversight, Administration, and Reporting During COVID-19

This memorandum provides clarification on questions related to child nutrition program oversight, monitoring, and administration. 

SP10 CACFP09 SFSP05-2021
Resource | Policy
Oversight Plan Waiver

FNS understands that these are challenging times for all and that many state agencies and program operators face significant resource and time constraints. We are committed to approving waivers that support state agencies and program operators as they strive to run successful programs and meet child nutrition program requirements in order to provide nutritious food to eligible participants.

Resource | Notices
School Meals Operations Study: Evaluation of the COVID-19 Child Nutrition Waivers and Child Nutrition Programs

This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection for the School Meals Operations Study with updated survey instruments for SY 2021-2022. This study will collect data from state agencies and public school food authorities, including disaggregated administrative data and data on the continued use and effectiveness of the CN COVID-19 waivers.