Summary of Current COVID-19 Child Nutrition Program Response Nationwide Waivers

Implementation Support
Policy & Legislation
Best for
No Kid Hungry Partners
Nonprofit Sponsors
School Nutrition Staff

The table conveniently details all of the nationwide waivers and guidance issued to date by the USDA in response to the coronavirus.


For each of the 37 nationwide waivers and waiver extensions issued to date, this resource provides the waiver number, the title, programs to which it applies, its release date, the end date, a brief summary of what the waiver does, and additional notes and caveats. It was also includes the Q&A memoranda issued by the USDA to provide clarification and additional guidance around the nationwide waivers and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was recently updated to include a list of waivers by expiration date to help track various extensions.

This now reflects the USDA's extension of state-requested area eligibility waivers for open sites in the SFSP and SSO since the extension was granted nationwide.

Many states have requested and received waivers allowing parents to pick up produce served through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) without their child present as well as to approve alternate FFVP distribution sites, but these are not available as nationwide waivers.

This was last updated on 6/29/2020 to include the extension of four waivers through June 2021 for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program. It also includes a new waiver of the Offer Versus Serve requirement for lunch in high schools.

Other Helpful Links: