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Nationwide Waivers

Updated 4/23/21

The following USDA-issued Nationwide Waivers are either in effect or will be going into effect later this summer or the next school year to increase flexibility in operating the Child Nutrition Programs during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Note: for readability, previous superseded or expired waivers are not included in this list).

  1. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs (Note that this waiver applies only to NSLP, SBP, and CACFP and expires June 30, 2021; see #25 below for new waiver beginning July 1, 2021.)
  2. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children (Note that this waiver applies only to NSLP, SBP, and CACFP and expires June 30, 2021; see #27 below for new waiver beginning July 1, 2021)
  3. Nationwide Waiver of Area Eligibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program At-Risk Afterschool Care Component - EXTENSION (Expires June 30, 2021; refer to #31 below for At-Risk area eligibility flexibilities for SY 2021-22.)
  4. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs - EXTENSION 5 (This waiver currently only applies to CACFP due to subsequent extensions for other programs. While it expires June 30, 2021, a new waiver for specific CACFP meal pattern flexibilities goes into effect July 1, 2021. See #30 below.
    Refer to #13 and #28 below for extensions for NSLP/SBP/SSO.)
  5. Nationwide Waiver for Selected Child Nutrition Program Reporting Requirements (refer to the USDA memo for information on which reporting requirements have been waived).
  6. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibilities for Summer 2021 Operations- EXTENSION 9 (Applies to NSLP/SBP/SSO only and expires September 30, 2021; refer to #28 below for new, specific meal pattern flexibilities going into effect October 1, 2021 for SY 2021-22.)
  7. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Feeding for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 6 (Applies to SSO and SFSP only and expires September 30, 2021 for SFSP. See #25 below for new waiver beginning July 1, 2021 for SSO.)
  8. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 6 (Applies to SSO and SFSP only and expires September 30, 2021 for SFSP. See #27 below for new waiver beginning July 1, 2021 for SSO.)
  9. Nationwide Waiver to Extend Area Eligibility Waivers for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 4 (Applies to SSO and SFSP only and expires September 30, 2021 for SFSP. See #23 below for new area eligibility flexibilities that go into effect for SFSP beginning July 1, 2021.)
  10. Nationwide Waiver of Meal Service Time Restrictions for Summer 2021 Operations– EXTENSION 3 (Applies to SSO and SFSP only and expires September 30, 2021 for SFSP. See #26 below for new waiver beginning July 1, 2021 for SSO.)
  11. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites for Summer 2021 Operations – EXTENSION 3 (Expires September 30, 2021) (NOTE: This waiver applies only to closed enrolled sites operating in eligible areas. )
  12. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meal Programs – Revised – EXTENSION 3 (Expires 90 days after the federally declared end of the public health emergency)
  13. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for Sponsors in the Child and Adult Care Food Program – EXTENSION (Expires 90 days after the federally declared end of the public health emergency)

While TDA has notified USDA that the agency will enact the above Nationwide Waivers, we are analyzing the requirements associated with each to establish the process for implementation. Refer to our latest FAQ below for the latest guidance on the latest waivers.

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