USDA has issued Nationwide Waiver #38 extending the meal pattern flexibilities for the Summer Food Service Program through August 31, 2020. This waiver also clarifies that the Seamless Summer Option program can continue under the meal pattern flexibility waiver through the duration of summer operations. A link to this waiver will post as soon as it is made publicly available on the FNS website. New FAQ documents will be posted shortly to incorporate all newly issued guidance.
USDA has affirmed that the enrichment and education requirements for At-Risk have NOT been waived. This current guidance is impacting the ability for CACFP At-Risk programs to plan for non- congregate feeding models. Although the recent COVID-19 flexibility extensions, including non-congregate feeding and mealtime restriction waivers, are approved for use by the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Care Program once school resumes for School Year 2020-21, until USDA provides guidance on the education and enrichment requirement, TDA may not approve CACFP At-Risk operational requests for grab-n-go or home delivery of meals. TDA is submitting a state waiver for alternate ways to meet the enrichment component of At-Risk under the non-congregate and meal service time waivers.
USDA has issued Nationwide Waivers (#33 - #37) to address flexibilities granted the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Program, School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for the upcoming Program Year. These flexibilities allow for non-congregate feeding, meal service time flexibility, parent pickup with no child present, meal pattern flexibilities, and the option to waive Offer versus Serve meal service in high schools. Links to those waivers will be posted under the Nationwide Waivers section below as soon as they are available. Note that while the expiration date for these new waivers is June 30, 2021, the existing waiver expiration dates for this summer’s SFSP and SSO operations are still in effect as noted below and in the FAQs.