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  • Writer's pictureElyse Homel Vitale

New USDA Waivers & Recommendations for Further Action

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 USDA has released three new nationwide waivers to support access to food in the child nutrition programs. These waivers are effective immediately, and remain in effect through June 30, 2020, or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier. These waivers apply automatically to all States that elect to use it, without further application.

  1. Meal Times Nationwide Waiver applicable to NSLP, SBP, SFSP, and CACFP (link)

  2. Non-congregate Feeding Nationwide Waiver applicable to NSLP, SBP, SFSP, and CACFP (link)

  3. Afterschool Activity Waiver applicable to afterschool snacks in NSLP and at-risk afterschool meals and snacks in CACFP (link)

USDA is publishing child nutrition program COVID-19 waivers state by state (link)

Following our COVID-19 Town Hall and in partnership with the National CACFP Forum, the Roundtable submitted additional recommendations to USDA that would allow CACFP to operate at its fullest capacity during this public health crisis.

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