Comparison of Usual Summer and Afterschool Meal Requirements to Current COVID-19 Flexibilities

Implementation Support
Program Overview
Best for
No Kid Hungry Partners
Nonprofit Sponsors
School Nutrition Staff

This chart breaks down how these programs usually work and the options currently available to help program operators adapt to the coronavirus.


This chart covers information on both the Summer Food Service Program & Seamless Summer Options as well as CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals, including:

  • The meals reimbursed by each program
  • Eligible sites
  • Eligible participants
  • The congregate meal service requirement
  • Meal service time requirements
  • Allowable days of operation, including weekends, spring break, and other non-school days
  • Meal requirements
  • Claim submission deadlines
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Procurement
  • Site monitoring
  • Unanticipated school closures

This was updated on 7/1/20 to reflect recent waiver extensions, the expiration of the Unanticipated School Closure Extension waiver and ending of CACFP At-Risk Afterschool for the 2019-2020 school year, and other guidance.

As always, please confirm guidance with your state agency prior to implementing any changes. Not all states have adopted all nationwide waivers available to them.