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.
Seamless Summer Option : FNS is allowing SFSP and Seamless Summer Option operations through June 30, 2021.
Summer Food Service Program Reimbursement Rates: FNS is allowing school food authorities to claims NSLP SSO meals and snacks at the SFSP reimbursement rates.
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
AR Flexibility for SSO Only SFAs: FNS has established a waiver of certain SMP AR criteria when SFAs are only operating the NSLP SSO in school year 2021-2022.
Area Eligibility Waivers: FNS is working with states to increase the availability of meal sites.
Fiscal Action for Meal Pattern Waiver: FNS is allowing fiscal action flexibility for meal pattern violations related to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions impacting school meals in school year 2021-2022.
Allow Service of Meals at School Sites during Unanticipated School Closures: Under this waiver, SFSP and the National School Lunch Program SSO operators in states that elect to be subject to this waiver may serve meals at school sites during unanticipated school closures in SY 2021-22
Nationwide Waiver of Selected CN Reporting Requirements: This waiver cancels selected administrative data reporting requirements in the child nutrition programs.
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.
USDA Child Nutrition Programs
Applications to the Households, including applications translated into other languages
Forms: School Nutrition | Commodities
USDA Standardized Recipes for Schools
Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs
Eligibility Manual for School Meals (Approving Household Applications and Verification)
School Nutrition Programs Compliance Handbook
School Nutrition Programs Claiming System
School Food Authority Administrative Review Results
Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.