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.

Overview

For each of the 72 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 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. 

This summary was last updated on 1/13/2021 to include recent USDA Q&A guidance, the extension of the food service management company contract duration waiver, and a state agency reporting requirement waiver.

 

Summer Meals Waivers in Effect Until June 30, 2021

  • Allow SFSP and SSO Operations through School Year 2020-2021 (#56 & #59)
  • Allow Reimbursement for Meals Served Prior to Notification of Approval and Provide Flexibility for Pre-Approval Visits in the SFSP (#57 & #69)
  • Non-congregate Feeding in the SFSP & SSO (#2, #24, #44, #54, & #61)
  • Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children (#5, #25, #47, #55, & #62)
  • Meal Service Time Flexibilities in the SFSP and SSO (#17, #50, & #66)
  • Meal Pattern Flexibility in the SFSP & SSO (#4, #13, #24, #26, #38, #45, #53, & #63)
  • Area Eligibility Waiver Extensions (#32, #46, #52, & #60)
  • Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites in the SFSP and NSLP SSO (#14, #48, & #64)
  • Waiver of the First Week Site Visit Requirement in the SFSP (#15, #49, & #65)
  • Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the SFSP (#16, #51, & #67)

Waivers in Effect for SFSP and NSLP Until June 30, 2021

  • Food Service Management Contract Duration in the NSLP and SFSP (#19 & #71)

Waivers in Effect for CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Until June 30, 2021

  • Area Eligibility (#58 & #68)

Waivers in Effect for NSLP, SBP, and CACFP Until June 30, 2021

  • Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs (#2, #24 & #33)
  • Meal Service Time Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs (#1 & #17 & #34)
  • Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children (#5 & #25 & #35)
  • Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs (#4, #13, #24, #26, #36 & #70)
  • Offer Versus Serve Flexibility for Senior High Schools in the NSLP (#37)
  • Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs (#9, #29 & #41)

Waivers in Effect Until September 30, 2021

  • Onsite Monitoring Requirements for CACFP Sponsors (#7 & #27 were broader; #39 only waives the onsite requirement)
  • Onsite Monitoring Requirements for CACFP State Agencies (#8, #28 & #40)
  • Onsite Monitoring Requirements for SFSP Sponsors (#10, #30 & #42)
  • Onsite Monitoring Requirements for SFSP State Agencies (#11, #31 & #43)

    Guidance Memoranda and Q&As

    • COVID-19 SFSP and SSO Meal Delivery Using Existing Authority (3/9/20)
    • Questions and Answers Related to the Child Nutrition Program Monitoring and Reporting Nationwide Waivers (4/9/20)
    • Child Nutrition Program Nationwide Waivers: Questions and Answers (4/11/20)
    • Child Nutrition Program Meal Service during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks: Questions and Answers #3 (4/11/20)
    • Child Nutrition Program Meal Service during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks: Questions and Answers #4 (4/21/20)
    • SFSP and SSO Nationwide Waivers – Questions and Answers (5/19/20)
    • Questions and Answers on the Nationwide Waiver to Extend Unanticipated School Closure Operations through June 30, 2020 (5/29/20)
    • Answers Related to FSMC Contract Extensions and Allowable Costs During the Pandemic (6/3/20)
    • Questions and Answers for the Child Nutrition Programs during School Year 2020-21 #5 (8/21/20)
    • Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow SFSP and SSO Operations through December 2020 (9/11/20)
    • Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow SFSP and SSO Operations through SY 2020-2021 – EXTENSION – #2 (10/14)
    • Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow SFSP and SSO Operations through SY 2020-2021 – Q&As #3 (11/2/20)
    • Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow SFSP and SSO Operations through SY 2020-2021 – Q&As #4 (1/5/21)
    • FFVP During COVID-19: Questions & Answers #2 (4/19/20)
    • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Operations for SY 2020-2021 During COVID-19 (8/21/20)
    • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Operations for SY 2020-2021 during COVID-19 (10/23/20)

    Deadline & Deadline Extension Waivers

    • Waiver of Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Deadlines (#6)
    • Waiver of 60 Day Reporting Requirements for January and February 2020 (#12)
    • Deadline Extension for Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessments in the NSLP and SBP (#18)
    • FFCRA Opt-In Waiver for SY2020- 2021 NSLP USDA Foods Entitlement Calculations
    • Selected Child Nutrition Program State Agency Reporting Requirements (#72)

    Expired Waivers

    • Waiver of the Activity Requirement in Afterschool Care Child Nutrition Programs (#3) (expired 6/30/20)
    • Extend Unanticipated School Closure Operations through June 30, 2020 (#21) (expired 6/30/20)
    • Waiver of Annual Review Requirements for State Agencies in the CACFP (#20) (expired 9/30/20)

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