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" The Texas Department of Agriculture has received some waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service in response to coronavirus. Other waivers are not yet approved. Any information regarding USDA waivers related to meal service will be available at SquareMeals.org/coronavirus along with further instructions.
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Updated 5/27/20

The Texas Department of Agriculture is requesting waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service should coronavirus impact operations. Not all waivers are approved; should USDA approve any waivers related to meal service, TDA will update SquareMeals.org/coronavirus with further instructions. CEs should wait until they know the extent of the impact of coronavirus before submitting an application for any released waivers. Note that USDA may issue additional Nationwide Waivers outside of this list of TDA-requested waivers. Refer to SquareMeals.org/coronavirus for a complete list of Nationwide Waivers.


Date Submitted to USDA

Waiver Description

COVID-19 Waiver #

Status

11-20-2019 (pre-COVID-19 waiver request for SFSP)

Waiver of Mealtime Restrictions for all Child Nutrition Programs (CNP)

N/A

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #1 and #17 - and March 12, 2020 approval) - Expires June 30, 2020 for CACFP, April 30, 2022 for SFSP/SSO

3-12-2020

Non-Congregate Meal Service for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

TX-1

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #2) - Expires June 30, 2020

3-12-2020

SFSP Service at School Sites during School Closure

TX-2

Approved - Expires June 30, 2020

3-12-2020

Non-Congregate Meal Service for Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

TX-3

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #2) - Expires June 30, 2020

3-12-2020

SSO Service at School Sites during School Closure

TX-4

Approved - Expires June 30, 2020

3-12-2020

Waive Onsite State Agency Monitoring of SFSP Sites Serving During Unanticipated School Closures

TX-5

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #11) - Expires June 30, 2020

3-12-2020

Ability to Deliver Three Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Boxes at One Time

TX-6

Denied

3-12-2020

Retroactive Distribution of CSFP Boxes (Previous Month Plus Current Month)

TX-6

Approved - Expires May 31, 2020 (Extension requested)

3-12-2020

Meal Pattern Flexibilities for all CNP

TX-7

Approved on a case-by-case basis (Nationwide Waiver #4 and #13) - Expires May 31, 2020

3-12-2020

Non-Congregate Meal Service for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Care Program

TX-8

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #2) - Expires June 30, 2020

3-12-2020

Waiver of Enrichment Activities for CACFP At-Risk Sites

TX-8

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #3) - Expires June 30, 2020

3-14-2020

Cheese Component Waived from CSFP Box Deliveries

TX-9

Approved - Expires April 30, 2020 (Extension requested)

3-14-2020

Waiver of TEFAP Eligibility Form for Self-Isolating Households

TX-10

Denied

3-24-2020

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Reporting Extensions

TX-11

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #6) - Expires August 30, 2020

3-24-2020

Waiver of Onsite Sponsor and SFA Monitoring Requirements

TX-12

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #7, #9, #10, and #15) - Expires June 30, 2020, except first week site visits for SFSP sites, which expires September 30, 2020

3-24-2020

Non-Congregate Meal Service for National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

TX-13

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #2) - Expires June 30, 2020

3-24-2020

Parent Meal Pick-up without Child Present at SFSP/SSO Closed Enrolled Sites

TX-14

Approved (Nationwide Waiver #5) - Expires June 30, 2020

3-24-2020

Waiver of Area Eligibility Requirements

TX-15

Approved (please see the main Coronavirus page for Intake Form and Instructions) - Expires June 30, 2020

3-24-2020

Extension of 2018 NSLP Equipment Grant Deadlines

TX-16

Waiver not required (Per USDA, TDA can request a No-Cost-Extension)

3-31-2020 Joint Congregate/Non-congregate Feeding at CACFP Sites Meeting Specific Criteria TX-17 Approved - Expires June 30, 2020

4-3-2020

Multi-day Service for CACFP

TX-18 Approved (USDA Memo SP 13-2020: Child Nutrition Program Nationwide Waivers: Questions and Answers) - Expires June 30, 2020

4-3-2020

Waiver/Clarification of Additional State Agency Onsite Review/Monitoring Requirements

TX-19
Pending. Approval of most state onsite monitoring requirements granted in Nationwide Waiver #8, #9, and #11. TDA is seeking additional clarification with this waiver request.

4-3-2020

Roll-over of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Funds

TX-20
Denied (refer to the COVID-19 FAQ for SFSP, SSO, and NSLP
on the Coronavirus page for additional guidance on FFVP flexibilities)

4-3-2020

Waiver of Required Civil Rights Training

TX-21
Denied (USDA has provided Technical Assistance and flexibility to allow additional time for training) 

4-3-2020

Extension of Corrective Action Deadlines

TX-22
Pending

Not Submitted

Extension of Single Audit Deadlines

Not applicable Approved (6-month deadline extension outlined in OMB-issued M-20-17 - Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations)
4-3-2020
 Administrative Appeal Deadlines TX-24 Pending
4-3-2020
Weekend/Holiday Meal Service for All CNP TX-25 Approved (USDA Memo SP 14-2020: Child Nutrition Program Meal Service during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks: Questions and Answers #3) - No expiration; sites may serve on weekends if licensed and approved to do so.
5-14-2020 Extension of Nationwide Non-congregate and Meal Time Restriction Waivers through September 30, 2020 TX-26 Approved through August 31, 2020 (Nationwide Waivers #22 and #23)
5-14-2020
Extension of Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parent Meal Pick-up without Child Present through September 30, 2020 TX-27 Approved through August 31, 2020 (Nationwide Waiver #25)
5-14-2020

Extension of Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibilities through September 30, 2020  TX-28  Approved through June 30, 2020 (Nationwide Waiver #24) 
5-21-2020 Extension of SSO/SFSP Area Eligibility Waiver through September 30, 2020 TX-30 Pending 
5-21-2020
Extension of CACFP On-site Sponsor Monitoring Waiver through September 30, 2020 TX-31 Pending
5-21-2020 Extension of SFSP/SSO Onsite Monitoring Waiver through September 30, 2020 TX-32 Pending
5-21-2020 No Child Present Parent Pick-up for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program TX-33 Approved through June 30, 2020
5-27-2020 Approval to Allow SSO Closed Enrolled Summer School Sites TX-34 Pending
5-27-2020 Approval to Allow SFSP Closed Enrolled Summer School Sites
TX-36 Pending
 

Visit SquareMeals.org/coronavirus for additional information and links to school nutrition planning resources.

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