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CACFP At-Risk Nationwide Waiver Clarification


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During the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division April 27 Tuesday’s Town Hall, the CDE received multiple questions regarding the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk operation during the summer months.

According to regulations under Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7CFR), Section 226.17a(b)(1)(i), in order to establish eligibility for reimbursement, the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Program can only operate after school, or on weekends, holidays, or school breaks while the regular school year is in session with the exception of year round schools. At-Risk centers may not claim during summer school which includes weekends and holidays. The current and new release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture waivers pertaining to the CACFP does not waive the above requirement as to when meals under the At-Risk Afterschool Program can be served.

Therefore, the current CACFP waivers effective through June 30, 2021, allow At-Risk centers to utilize the flexibility until the last day of school – which also includes the CACFP At-Risk Area Eligibility waiver – with the exception of child care, adult day care, and emergency shelters.

In addition, the same guidance for the current waivers applies to the extended waivers, effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, for CACFP At-Risk centers to resume meal service no earlier than the first day of instruction in the new 2021–22 school year.

More information for CACFP sponsors reapplying for the extended set of waivers will be forthcoming.

COVID-19 Resources

Sponsors are encouraged to visit the CDE COVID-19 Guidance for Child Nutrition Programs web page for updated information. In addition, please refer to the CDE COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions web page.

Contact Information

If you would like to serve meals under the summer months, please reach out to your Seamless Summer Option or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Analyst for more information on how to apply as soon as possible.

If you have any questions regarding the waiver, please contact your Child Nutrition Program’s County Specialist. The County Specialist for each program can be found in the following Form IDs in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment SystemExternal link opens in new window or tab. Download Forms section:

  • CACFP: Form ID, CACFP 01
  • School Nutrition Programs: Form ID, Caseload
  • SFSP: Form ID, SFSP 01
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, May 24, 2021
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