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Flexibilities in the Event of Pandemic-Related Supply Chain Issues

" September 30, 2021 - CEs experiencing supply chain issues as a result of the pandemic may utilize emergency procurement processes without submitting a request TDA via the online request form on SquareMeals. Please click the title for more information.
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September 30, 2021 - NSLP/SBP and SSO operators experiencing supply chain issues as a result of the pandemic, such as unanticipated cancellation of food and supply contracts and unexpected substitutions of food products by suppliers, may utilize emergency procurement processes without submitting a request TDA via the online request form on SquareMeals. CEs must document proof that the emergency procurement was a result of a pandemic-related supply chain issue and maintain all other supporting documentation usually required when submitting an emergency procurement request.

Additionally, USDA issued Waiver to Allow Fiscal Action Flexibility for Meal Pattern Violations Related to COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting School Meals in School Year 2021-2022, allowing TDA to waive fiscal action for CEs that fail to meet meal pattern requirements as a result of a pandemic-related supply chain disruption. During an administrative review, CEs will have to show documentation proving that the meal pattern deviations were the result of a pandemic-related supply chain issue.

CEs must follow normal procurement requirements, including capital purchases, for non-pandemic related goods and services.

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