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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Marshall

USDA Q&A #4 re: waiver allowing SFSP and SSO

On January 5, 2021, USDA started the new year releasing another memo to clarify "the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations during School Year 2020-2021." This is Q&A #4 in regard to this waiver. The memo answers 3 questions as they relate directly to CACFP. Link to Q&A.

  1. Can a Child Nutrition Program operator donate leftover food or milk to a CACFP day care home provider?

  2. How can CACFP at-risk centers track attendance to claim reimbursement for meals and snacks served to children participating virtually?

  3. Do stimulus payments or the weekly unemployment insurance payments provided through the CARES Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 count as income when determining eligibility for the Child Nutrition Programs?

The answers are on pages 3 and 4.

For all child nutrition programs

10. May Child Nutrition Program operators that have received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), made available through the Small Business Administration and qualified lending partners, use SFSP or CACFP Program funds received from the State (Child Nutrition Program Federal funds) to pay back a PPP loan?

The answer for this can be found on page 6.


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