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USDA Summer Meal Program Waiver Extensions


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On August 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released nine Summer Meal Program Waiver Extensions that allows schools that have started the new school year to use the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through December 31, 2020 instead of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. These waivers are in response to the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic.

These waivers are effective immediately and USDA will be posting on the USDA Food and Nutrition Services Child Nutrition COVID-19 Waivers web page External link opens in new window or tab.:

  • Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through December 2020
  • Nationwide Waiver to Extend Area Eligibility Waivers – Extension 2
  • Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option – Extension 7.
  • Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-congregate Feeding in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option – Extension 4
  • Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children – Extension 4
  • Nationwide Waiver of Meal Service Time Restrictions in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option – Extension
  • Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option – Extension
  • Nationwide Waiver to Waive First Week Site Visits in the Summer Food Service Program – Extension
  • Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the Summer Food Service Program – Extension

The Nutrition Services Division will provide additional clarification on the next Tuesday@2 School Nutrition Town Hall meeting scheduled for September 8, 2020. Go to the Tuesday at 2 School Nutrition Town Hall web page for information to join.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 31, 2020
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