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 #9
Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs

In light of the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is granting a nationwide waiver to help minimize potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #6
Nationwide Waiver of Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) (PL 116-127) and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, the Food and  Nutrition Service (FNS) is establishing a nationwide waiver to support the Community  Eligibility Provision (CEP) while schools are responding to the novel coronavirus  (COVID–19).

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #4
COVID-19 Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs

Pursuant to section 2202(a) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) (PL 116-127) and in light of the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is granting 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 #5
COVID-19 Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children

Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) (PL 116-127) and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is establishing a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID– 19).

Resource | Policy Memos | SP19-2019
State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report for SY 2018-19

This memorandum provides guidance regarding continuation of the food safety inspections reporting requirement under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, (P.L. 116-6) contains language that amended section 9(h)(3) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA), 42 USC 1758(h)(3), to require the state agency’s food safety inspections reporting requirement for FY 2019. State agencies must report to the Food and Nutrition Service the number of annual food safety inspections obtained by schools under their jurisdiction for school year 2018-2019. Please submit the report by November 15, 2019, to: NSLPFoodSafetyInspections@fns.usda.gov.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-064
Management of Donated Food Inventories at Processors

This memorandum addresses inventory limitations and requirements that USDA Foods processors must follow when manufacturing processed end products for use in child nutrition programs.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP16-2019
School Breakfast Program: Substitution of Vegetables for Fruit

This memo has been superseded by SP 06-2020: School Breakfast Program: Continuation of the Substitution of Vegetables for Fruit Flexibility.

Effective immediately, school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the School Breakfast Program may credit any vegetable offered, including potatoes and other starchy vegetables, in place of fruit without including vegetables from other subgroups in the weekly menus. This flexibility is based on Section 768 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (P.L. 116-6) (the Appropriations Act), enacted on February 15, 2019, and effective through September 30, 2019. This provision provides additional flexibility in planning breakfast menus but does not require SFAs to make any menu changes.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP15-2019
FY 2019 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

The purpose of this memorandum is to distribute $30 million provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, (Public Law 116-6), to state agencies to competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible School Food Authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program. This memorandum also provides guidance on the specific terms and conditions, period of performance, timelines, funding goals, and reporting requirements for these grants.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-640
FNS-640: SY 2017-18 Instructions and Reporting Guidance

School programs policy memo SP 14-2019 provides SY 2017-18 reporting guidance for the FNS-640 report. The FNS-640 form became available in FPRS on March 1, 2019. State agencies may use the attached instructions and business rules/edit check to begin and/or finalize implementation of processes for reporting and any system updates for School Year 2017-2018 reporting.