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Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2021-0104

Guide to Supporting Requests to Waive the Time Limit for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD)

This guide consolidates and underscores FNS policy concerning waivers of the ABAWD time limit and replaces its predecessor, FNS' December 2016 Guide to Supporting Requests to Waive the Time Limit for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD). FNS advises state agencies to use this guide to understand, obtain, and prepare evidence that successfully supports an ABAWD time limit waiver request based on relevant sections of the Act; federal regulations; and historical SNAP policy.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0105

Questions and Answers for Child Nutrition Program Operations in School Year 2021-2022, Q&A #2

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and program operators as they operate the child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, NSLP Seamless Summer Option and Child and Adult Care Food Program, during SY  2021-22.

SP 22-2021, CACFP 17-2021, SFSP 10-2021
Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance | FNS-GD-2021-0107

WIC and WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Outreach, Innovation, and Program Modernization Strategy

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provided USDA with $390 million, available through FY 2024, to carry out outreach, innovation, and program modernization efforts to increase participation and redemption of benefits for both WIC and WIC FMNP.

Resource | Policy Memos

Child Nutrition Waiver Update to Address Meal Service During Unanticipated School Closures and Supply Chain Issues

This memo announces a new set of child nutrition program waivers for school year 2021-2022. Since March 2020, USDA has worked to ensure state agencies, schools and other community partners have the tools they need to maintain children’s access to nutritious meals during COVID-19.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0101

Nationwide Waiver for Selected Child Nutrition Program Reporting Requirements

This waiver cancels selected administrative data reporting requirements in the Child Nutrition Programs, specifically the following: FNS-640 Administrative Review Report Form; FNS-828 School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price Report; FNS-874 Local Educational Agency Second Review of Applications; Ameliorative Action Plans for Verification Results; State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report; and Performance-Based Reimbursement (7 Cents) Quarterly Report.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #106
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0100

Nationwide Waiver to Allow Service of Meals at School Sites during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2021-22

Under this waiver, Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option operators in states that elect to be subject to this waiver may serve meals at school sites during unanticipated school closures in school year 2021-2022.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #105
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0099

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

Under this waiver, service institutions operating the Summer Food Service Program in states, whose agencies elect to be subject to this waiver, may operate open sites in areas that are not located in “Areas in which poor economic conditions exist” during unanticipated school closures in school year 2021-2022.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #104
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