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

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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 25 nationwide waivers issued to date, the table 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.

Although states have now received waivers from the area eligibility requirement for open sites in the Summer Food Service Program and NSLP Seamless Summer Option, this is currently not available as a nationwide waiver.

This was last updated on 5/16/2020 to include the extension of the non-congregate waiver, parent/guardian meal pick-up waiver, and meal service time waiver through August 31, as announced by the USDA on May 15, 2020.

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