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COVID 19: FFVP School Year 2020–21 Waivers

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Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division two waivers for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for School Year 2020–21.

  • The first waiver allows school food authorities (SFA) participating in the FFVP to distribute the FFVP snacks to a parent or guardian on behalf of their eligible child(ren) without the child(ren) being present. (Parent Pick-Up Waiver)
  • The second waiver allows SFAs participating in the FFVP to offer the FFVP snacks to elementary school children at non-FFVP school sites (elementary, middle, or high schools) if the FFVP school is closed or does not have meal service. (Serving FFVP at Alternate Sites Waiver)

The SFAs must demonstrate that the waivers do not result in an increase to the overall cost of the FFVP.

How to Opt-in

If you plan to implement the Parent Pick-up Waiver or the Serving FFVP at Alternate Sites Waiver, please send an email to to opt-in.

When opting-in to use the Parent Pick-Up Waiver, please describe your plan for how you will provide FFVP snacks only to parents or guardians of eligible children and how you will ensure that no duplicates are distributed to any child.

When opting-in to use the Serving FFVP at Alternate Sites Waiver, please list the name(s) of the FFVP sites that are closed that will use this waiver and the name(s) of the site(s) that will serve the FFVP snacks while using this waiver to only eligible children.

Within the next year, all 2020–21 FFVP grantees who opt-in to use the waiver(s) will receive an email to complete the mandatory report(s).

Effective Date

Both the FFVP Parent Pick-up Waiver and Serving FFVP at Alternate Sites Waiver are effective immediately and will remain in effect until June 30, 2021.

For more comprehensive COVID-19 guidance, please visit the CDE School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals web page.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the CDE FFVP Team, by phone at 916-322-9943 or by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 18, 2020
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