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2021 Summer Waivers #74–81

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On March 9, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released several policy memos addressing Summer 2021 meal service operations. The policy memos announce Child Nutrition (CN) Responses which include seven waiver extensions of needed flexibilities for the 2021 summer operations for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO) during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The USDA requires the California Department of Education to track the use of these waivers. Therefore, all SFSP, NSLP, and SSO program operators must complete the 2021 Summer Operations Waiver Application to use any of the needed flexibilities provided under the 2021 summer operation waiver extensions. Applications must be submitted prior to the effective date of July 1, 2021.

Current waivers are in effect through June 30, 2021, and the waivers listed below are effective from July 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021, pending additional guidance from the USDA FNS regarding School Year 2021–22 Child Nutrition Program (CNP) operations:

The COVID-19 CN Responses are available on the USDA FNS Documents and Resources External link opens in new window or tab. searchable web page.

Contact Information

For any questions regarding these waivers, please contact your respective program’s county specialist. The county specialist for each program can be found in the following Form IDs in the CNIPS Download Forms section:

  • SFSP—Form ID SFSP 01
  • NSLP, SBP, and SSO—Form ID Caseload
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 13, 2021
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