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Prospective Waivers for Non-Congregate Meal Service During Unanticipated School Closures

On August 22, 2023, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved DPI's statewide waiver request to waive regulatory provisions of NSLP, SBP, SFSP, SSO and CACFP (at-risk afterschool component only) to allow non-congregate meals service, parent and guardian meal pick up, meal service times, and service of meals at schools during unanticipated school closures due to natural disasters, unscheduled major building repairs, court orders relating to school safety or other issues, labor-management disputes, or, when approved by the DPI, for a similar unanticipated cause.

If your agency is experiencing any of the above situations, please reach out to us at

What is the SFSP?

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded, state-administered program that reimburses program operators who serve free healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer months, when children do not have access to school meals.

2023 SFSP Sponsors & Sites (7/12/23)

Join the SFSP

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For information on joining the SFSP, check out the Join the SFSP page.

Regulatory Information & Waivers


DPI Public Notification of Waiver Requests

Current Statewide Waivers

  • Prospective Waivers for Non-Congregate for Unanticipated School Closures (NSLP, SBP, SFSP, SSO, CACFP (at-risk only)
  • Waiver for Summer Food Service Program to Offer Versus Serve for Non-School Food Authority (SFA) Sponsors
  • Waivers for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Operations During Periods of Excessive Heat
  • Waivers for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Operations During Periods of Air Quality Advisories

USDA SFSP Policy Memos

USDA Regulation – Part 225-Summer Food Service Program

DPI Summer Food Service Program Materials and Resources

Wisconsin COVID-19 Waivers & Flexibilities

For questions about this information, contact Amy Kolano (608) 266-7124