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School Nutrition

Service Description

​​This program administers the USDA Child Nutrition program to private schools and residential child care institutions. Participating schools and institutions can receive a reimbursement for nutritious meals served to children participating in a school food service program.

Programs offered:

Covid-19 Waivers

Nationwide Waivers for School Year 2021-2022:

Non-congregate Feeding Waiver: FNS is allowing meals to be served in non-group settings to support social distancing.

Meal Times Waiver: FNS is letting meals be served to kids outside traditional times to maximize flexibility for meal pick-up. 

Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-Up Waiver: FNS is allowing parents/guardians to pick-up meals and bring them home to their children. 

Meal Pattern Waiver: FNS is giving states the flexibility to serve meals that do not meet specified meal pattern requirements when needed. 

Offer Versus Serve Flexibility for Senior High Schools in NSLP: FNS has established a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus for school year 2021-22. 

Child Nutrition Monitoring: FNS has provided flexibilities for certain monitoring and review requirements for schools meal programs. [Revised] [EXTENSION 3

Previous Nationwide Covid-19 Waivers in Effect

Meal Times Waiver: FNS is letting meals be served to kids outside traditional times to maximize flexibility for meal pick-up. [Extension] [Extension 2]

Non-congregate Feeding Waiver: FNS is allowing meals to be served in non-group settings to support social distancing. [Extension] [Extension 2]

Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-Up Waiver: FNS is allowing parents/guardians to pick-up meals and bring them home to their children. [Extension] [Extension 2]

Afterschool Activity Waiver: FNS paused requirements for enrichment activities to accompany afterschool meals & snacks.

Child Nutrition Monitoring: FNS has provided flexibilities for certain monitoring and review requirements for child nutrition programs. [Extension] [Extension 2]

Community Eligibility Provision Data Waiver: FNS is extending Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) election, notification, and reporting and deadlines for school year 2020-21.

Meal Pattern Waiver: FNS is giving states the flexibility to serve meals that do not meet meal pattern requirements when needed. [Extension] [Extension 2] [Extension 3] [Extension 4] [Extension 8]

Offer Versus Serve Flexibility for Senior High Schools in NSLP for School Year 2020–21: FNS has established a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus for school year 2020-21.

Related Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Chet Center
Programs Manager

Phone: (405) 990-9251
Email: ChetB.Center@okdhs.org

Matt Smith
Program Field Representative

Phone: (405) 919-9064
Email: MatthewA.Smith@okdhs.org

Mailing Address:
PO Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0352

What's New

Recent Memos and Requirements

Other Services

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,

color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)          mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

               Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

               1400 Independence Avenue, SW

               Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)          fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)          email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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