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COVID-19: FFVP Served at Alternate Sites Waiver

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Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) a waiver to allow school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to offer the FFVP snack at National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites that are not elementary schools during an unanticipated school closure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

This waiver may be used in combination with the Parent Pick-up Waiver approved on May 6, 2020, to allow parent or guardian pick-up of FFVP foods at SSO and SFSP sites that are not elementary schools. The SFAs participating in the FFVP must ensure that the waiver does not result in an increase to the overall cost of the FFVP.

Mandatory Opt-in

FFVP grantees interested in implementing this waiver must send an email to to opt-in, and list the name(s) of the FFVP sites that are closed that will use this waiver and the name(s) of the SSO and SFSP site(s) that will serve the FFVP snacks while utilizing this waiver. Within the next year, all FFVP grantees who opt-in to use the waiver will receive an email to complete a mandatory report.

Effective Date

This waiver is effective immediately and will remain in effect until June 30, 2020, or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier.

For more comprehensive COVID-19 Guidance, please visit the 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: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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