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Nationwide Waivers
Nationwide Waivers

Updated 1/26/21

To date, USDA has issued the following Nationwide Waivers to increase flexibility in operating the Child Nutrition Programs during the COVID-19 outbreak (Note: this list will be updated as new Nationwide Waivers are issued):

  1. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Service Time Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs (SUPERSEDED - refer to #34 and #66 below)
  2. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs (SUPERSEDED - refer to #33 and #61 below)
  3. Nationwide Waiver of the Activity Requirement in Afterschool Care Child Nutrition Programs (Expired June 30, 2020)
  4. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs (SUPERSEDED - refer to #63 and #70 below)
  5. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children (SUPERSEDED - refer to #35 and #62 below)
  6. Nationwide Waiver of Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs (Expired August 30, 2020)
  7. Nationwide Waiver of Monitoring Requirements for Sponsors in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (SUPERSEDED - refer to #39 below)
  8. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (SUPERSEDED - refer to #40 below)
  9. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs (SUPERSEDED - refer to #41 below)
  10. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for Sponsoring Organizations in the Summer Food Service Program (SUPERSEDED - refer to #42 below)
  11. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Summer Food Service Program (SUPERSEDED - refer to #43 below)
  12. Nationwide Waiver of 60 Day Reporting Requirements for January and February 2020 (Effective immediately for January and February claims only)
  13. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs - Extension #2 (Note that this waiver applies only to NSLP, SBP, and CACFP and expires June 30, 2021)
  14. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children - Extension #2 (Note that this waiver applies only to NSLP, SBP, and CACFP and expires June 30, 2021)
  15. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs - Extension #4 (Note that this waiver extension applies only to NSLP, SBP, and CACFP and expires June 30, 2021)
  16. Nationwide Waiver to Waive First Week Site Visits in the Summer Food Service Program – EXTENSION
     (SUPERSEDED - refer to #65)
  17. Nationwide Waiver of Area Eligibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program At-Risk Afterschool Care Component (SUPERSEDED - refer to #68 below)
  18. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option - EXTENSION 2 (Expires June 30, 2021) (NOTE: This waiver applies only to closed enrolled sites operating in eligible areas. Open sites approved to operate in non-eligible areas have been approved under Nationwide Waiver #60 set to expire June 30, 2021.)
  19. Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program EXTENSION - TDA has chosen not to opt into this waiver.
  20. Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program (refer to the USDA memo for information on which reporting requirements have been waived).

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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