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Waiver of 60 Day Reporting Requirements

Pursuant to the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Response Act (H.R. 6201, Title II), and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, the Food and Nutrition Service is granting a nationwide waiver to help minimize potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program, the Child and Adult Food Care Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.

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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. 

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Flexibilities for State Agencies

During an emergency situation such as the COVID-19 public health emergency, there are flexibilities available to TEFAP state agencies to assist them in continuing to provide food to people in need. TEFAP is available to assist current participants and those who may become newly eligible for the program. Implementing TEFAP flexibilities can be achieved simply by submitting a written explanation (i.e., state plan amendment) to the FNS regional office for expedited review and approval.

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Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol- Revised

This memorandum revises the current USDA Food and Nutrition Service process for state agencies and eligible service providers[1] seeking a waiver of statutory or regulatory program requirements for the child nutrition programs, including the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, the Special Milk Program (SMP) (SMP), and the School Breakfast Program. This memorandum supersedes SP 27-2017, CACFP 12-2017, SFSP 08-2017, Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol, dated April 26, 2017.

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Electronic Notice Waivers and Options

FNS has reexamined the SNAP electronic notice (e-notice) waiver, which allows states to provide designated notices to households through an online account on a secure website or portal instead of mailing paper notices to physical addresses. This memo serves to notify SNAP state agencies that sending e-notices and informing clients that they have a new notice via email is now a state option, provided that the state meets each of the conditions described in the memo.

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Expiration of Statewide ABAWD Time Limit Waivers

Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 limits able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to 3 months in any 36-month period, unless the individual meets the ABAWD work requirement or is otherwise exempt. The law also provides that States may qualify to temporarily waive the 3-month time limit in areas with high unemployment or depressed labor markets.

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Waiver Process Update - Additional Guidance on Indefinite Waivers

On March 20, 2014, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued the Waiver Process Update memorandum which revised existing waiver procedures and guidance to eliminate indefinite waiver approvals and minimize inconsistencies in approval requirements for similar waivers. This memo provides additional guidance to State agencies interested in submitting renewal requests for the indefinite waivers expiring April 30, 2015.

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SNAP Guidance for State Agencies on Novel Waivers

In recent years, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has approved several innovative waiver requests that have afforded States new flexibility in administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Because these waivers are relatively new, untested, and complex, FNS categorizes them as "novel" waivers. While novel waivers were developed as a result of multiple factors, most are related to and driven by States' efforts to modernize and mitigate the increased administrative strain caused by the rapid caseload growth that followed the recent economic downturn.

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Early Denial Waiver Memo

FNS has recently undertaken a review of its waiver processes and the effectiveness of its approved waivers. Specifically, FNS has recently reviewed the "Early Denial" waiver, also known as "10-Day Denial" waiver, which waives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations at 7 CFR 273.2(g)(3) and 7 CFR 273.2(h)(2).