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Child Nutrition Program COVID-19 Information


The Wisconsin School and Community Nutrition Teams created the following webpages to assist School Food Authorities (SFAs) in serving children meals during COVID-19. Click the program area below for more information.
To help decide which program to operate during SY 2020-21, use the:
Serving School Meals during SY 2020-21 Program Flow Chart

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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

For Agencies providing meals in child care, adult care and afterschool settings.

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School Meals Programs

For Agencies serving National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) meals during the public health emergency.

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Emergency Summer Meals

For Agencies serving Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or Seamless Summer Option (SSO) meals during the public health emergency.


Guidance and Memos







    All Nationwide Waivers

    Child Nutrition Programs

    For a complete list of all waivers issued during the public health emergency visit the USDA Child Nutrition COVID-19 Waivers page. 

    SY 2020-21 SSO waiver forms can be found on the SSO COVID webpage.

    To request a meal pattern flexibility for SFSP, fill out the SFSP meal pattern flexibility form

    SY 2020-21 NSLP waiver forms can be found on the School Meals Programs COVID webpage. SY 2020-21 SSO waiver forms can be found on the SSO COVID webpage.

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      Emergency Meal Vendors

      Below is a list of vendors who can provide unitized, boxed, and bagged meals during an emergency. This emergency procurement model is not intended to be a long-term feeding solution. Instead, it could be utilized to increase capacity during the public health crisis to supplement some or all meals. SFAs that are having difficulty producing meals due to increased demand, product shortages, labor concerns, or other reasons may want to explore this option. When inquiring, ask the company about their production models and food safety critical control points, like use of equipment to produce meals, masks, cleaning and sanitation, and precautions for transporting food.

      To enter into an agreement with an emergency meals vendor, complete the Wisconsin Template Vended Meals Agreement and obtain a copy of the vendor’s state restaurant or processing plant license. Upload the template and license to the 2020-21 SY online contract under the Meal Charges page and contact the DPI Procurement Contract Specialists. The Modifications to DPI’s Template “Vended Meals Agreement” (page 7) can be used as a place for the purchasing SFA and seller to account for atypical negotiations related to the procurement.

      Taher Incorporated
      Contact person: Shawn Taher


      Milwaukee Center for Independence
      Contact person: Mara Zywicke, RD
      Elior North America (A'viands/Preferred Meal Systems, Inc.)
      Contact person: Tom Romano
      Gourmet Gorilla, Inc.
      Contact person: Jason Weedon

      Gourmet Gorilla Flyer

      Fresh and Safe
      Contact person: Landa Carson
      Grant Opportunities

      Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin: COVID-19 Community Response Fund

      In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin has teamed up with United Way of Marathon County to create the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. This fund will bring essential resources and aid to our neighbor’s in need. This fund will provide flexible funding for organizations working in our community who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. Working in partnership, this Fund is designed to expand local capacity to address the effects on individuals and families as a result of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

      Eau Claire Community Foundation: Emergency Funding Opportunities

      Hosted by Eau Claire Community Foundation and supported by United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley and Marshfield Clinic Health System, this fund will provide flexible and rapid resources to Eau Claire area nonprofits working with those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and its economic consequences.

      GENYOUth: COVID-19 Emergency School Delivery Fund

      Calling all Wisconsin School Nutrition Professionals, Principals, and District Superintendents! GenYOUth,a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating healthier school communities, will provide grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. From soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need now more than ever while schools are closed across Wisconsin and the nation. Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is participating in this grant program and have allocated grant dollars specifically for Wisconsin schools.

      InfoEd Global COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources

      InfoEd Global is proud to be able to share a library of COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources with our colleagues in the research realm and the broader community at large. During these uncertain times, institutions need to take advantage of every tool available to maintain and expand their research programs. InfoEd Global's SPIN funding opportunities database contains nearly 40,000 government, foundation, and industry sponsored opportunities that can help.

      La Crosse Community Foundation: La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund

      The La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund was created to rapidly deploy resources to charitable organizations at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak in the La Crosse area. The emergency fund will provide flexible and rapid resources to charitable organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak and its related preventative measures. The fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address the many needs created by the pandemic.

      Oshkosh Area Community Foundation: Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund

      Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Area United Way have launched a collaborative emergency financial response, the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund provides flexible financial resources to 501(c)(3) organizations working in the Oshkosh community who are disproportionately impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of the outbreak. Initial funding has been donated by Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Area United Way.

      USDA Farmers to Families Food Box

      As part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Secretary Perdue announced on April 17, USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute agricultural products to those in need. Through this program, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is partnering with national, regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses, to purchase up to $4.5 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products from American producers of all sizes. The program will supply boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat products. Distributors package these products into family-sized boxes, then transport them to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need.

      For more grant opportunities, view the DPI Grant webpage.