Latest News for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Availability of COVID-19 Response Waivers

" June 1, 2022 - TDA has been authorized to approve non-congregate, meal service time, parent pick-up, and offsite monitoring waivers on a case-by-case basis in instances when a COVID-19 outbreak in or around the area of a site is affecting food service operations.
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June 3, 2022 - TDA has been authorized to approve non-congregate, meal service time, parent pick-up, and offsite monitoring waivers on a case-by-case basis in instances when a COVID-19 outbreak in or around the area of a site is affecting food service operations or the safety of participants.

(Note: SFSP operators are not currently approved to conduct offsite monitoring. TDA has submitted a request to USDA and is awaiting a response. Please check SquareMeals daily for updates.)

Program operators must submit a request to TDA on the applicable form, which are available on the Intake Forms page of SquareMeals (https://squaremeals.org/FandNResources/CoronavirusUpdateforContractingEntities/IntakeForms.aspx). Operators must provide specific site information and justification for the request. Criteria for approval may include:

        • An increase in transmission of COVID-19 in the area.
        • Child nutrition staffing issues caused by a COVID-19 outbreak
        • Closure of facility due specifically to a COVID-19 outbreak.
        • Mandated quarantine of an entire classroom/select population due to COVID-19 exposure



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To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
 
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