Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #24
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility - Extension 2

FNS is extending a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This extension of Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs, issued March 25, 2020, applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program (the child nutrition programs). This waiver remains in effect until June 30, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #23
CN COVID-19 Meal Times Nationwide Waiver Extension

Due to the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, USDA established a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program (the child nutrition programs). This waiver remains in effect through August 31, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response #22
Nationwide Non-Congregate Feeding Waiver- Extension

In response to the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Response Act, and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, USDA established a nationwide waiver of congregate feeding requirements to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program (the child nutrition programs). This waiver remains in effect until August 31, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during COVID-19: Q&As #2

This memorandum provides clarification on questions related to the administration of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) during school closures in all states and school food authorities during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

Resource | Policy Memos
State Guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides the Secretary of Agriculture authority to approve state agency plans for temporary emergency standards of eligibility and levels of benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. Children who would receive free or reduced price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act if not for the school closure are eligible under this provision. State agencies may submit plans in any case in which a school is closed for at least 5 consecutive days during a public health emergency designation during which the school would otherwise be in session.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response # 19
Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the NLSP and SFSP

FNS waives  food service management company (FSMC) contracts duration requirements for all state agencies, school food authorities, and Summer Food Service Program sponsors. FSMC contracts that may expire by or around June 30, 2020 may be extended through school year 2020-2021 (June 30, 2021).

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #18
Nationwide Waiver of Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessments in the NSLP and SFSP

FNS is establishing a nationwide waiver to support schools unable to complete a triennial assessment of the local school wellness policies by June 30, 2020, due to school closures as a result of COVID–19. This waiver applies to state agencies that have local educational agencies (LEAs) administering the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP).

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #21
Nationwide Waiver to Extend Unanticipated School Closure Operations through June 30, 2020

This waiver delays the transition from National School Lunch Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) operations during unanticipated school closures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to traditional SSO and SFSP operations through June 30, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP16-2020, CACFP 10-2020, SFSP 09-2020
Reporting COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Data for Forms FNS-10, FNS-44, and FNS-418

This memorandum is providing reporting instructions for the remarks section of the FNS-10, FNS-44, and FNS-418. This collection will capture information on COVID related operations in response to the requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This document instructs state agencies to report the number of sites operating during the COVID-19 pandemic by applicable Child Nutrition Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response # 20
Nationwide Waiver of Annual Review Requirements for State Agencies in the CACFP

In light of the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, FNS is granting a nationwide waiver to help minimize potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This waiver applies to state agencies administering Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).