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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0102

Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals Served by Service Institutions through the SFSP during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2021-22

Under this waiver, Summer Food Service Program operators in states that elect to be subject to this waiver, and that elected to allow non-congregate meal distribution during COVID–19-related operations via COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #101, may distribute meals to a parent or guardian to take home to their children during an unanticipated school closure in School Year 2021-2022. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #103
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0098

Nationwide Waiver of Meal Times Requirements for Service Institutions Operating the SFSP during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2021-22

Under this waiver, Summer Food Service Program operators in states that elect to be subject to this waiver may serve meals outside of the standard meal times during unanticipated school closures in SY 2021-22.  This waiver applies to state agencies administering, and service institutions operating, the Summer Food Service Program. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #102
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0097

Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Meal Service for Service Institutions Operating the SFSP during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2021-22

Under this waiver, Summer Food Service Program service institutions in states that elect to be subject to this waiver may provide non-congregate meals during COVID–19 operations during unanticipated school closures in school year 2021-2022.  This waiver applies to state agencies administering, and service institutions operating, the Summer Food Service Program.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #101
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0096

SNAP - Preparing for Reinstatement of Time Limit for ABAWDs

This memorandum provides guidance to help states prepare to implement the SNAP time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) once the temporary and partial suspension under the Family First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) lapses. States must properly implement the time limit for ABAWDs while ensuring program access for all eligible participants.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0103

Updated Expiration Schedule for Existing FNS-Approved WIC COVID-19 Waivers

FNS has heard from state agency partners that a safe and successful return to normal operations will require more than 30 days’ notice once the nationally-declared public health emergency ends. Therefore, this memorandum extends certain WIC waivers until 90 days after the end of the nationally-declared public health emergency under  the Public Health Service Act.

WIC Policy Memorandum #2021-10
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0095

Nationwide Waiver of the Annual Half Aggregate Monitoring Requirement in the Summer Food Service Program

FNS  is waiving the requirement that the state agency annually review a number of sponsors whose program reimbursements, in the aggregate, account for at least one-half of the total program reimbursements in the state in the previous year. 

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #99
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0094

Waiver to Allow Fiscal Action Flexibility for Meal Pattern Violations Related to COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting School Meals in SY 2021-22

FNS is granting a waiver of certain fiscal action requirements in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. This waiver is available for any state where there is a supply chain disruption with respect to foods served under such a qualified program and such disruption is due to COVID–19.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #100
Resource | Policy Memos

USDA Demonstration Project to Evaluate Using Medicaid Eligibility Data to Directly Certify Children for Free and Reduced Price School Meals

The purpose of this CMCS Informational Bulletin is to inform state Medicaid agencies that the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is issuing a solicitation for participation in additional demonstration projects for states to evaluate the impact of using Medicaid eligibility data to directly certify students for free and reduced price school meals.

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 (Corrected)
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0093

Pandemic EBT – State Plans for 2021-22

This document provides information to states to assist in the development of state plans to operate Pandemic EBT for school children and children in child care.