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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.
For clarification on how the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) differs from other feeding options in the 2021-22 school year, please refer to the comparison chart.

School Year (SY) 2021-22 Meal Pattern Flexibility Request

Please complete the form when your SFA is experiencing difficulty fulfilling the NSLP and/or SBP meal pattern requirements.

Meal Pattern Flexibility Request

School Year (SY) 2021-22 Program Operations Application

All schools or districts should complete this application for SY 2021-22. If your school or district will operate more than 6 SSO sites, please utilize the SSO Site Google Sheet OR Excel Sheet to report your site-specific information in addition to completing the SY 2021-22 Program Operations Application.

SY 2021-22 Program Operations Application

SSO Sites Google Sheet

SSO Sites Excel Sheet

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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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"Traditional" 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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Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

For Agencies serving Seamless Summer Option (SSO) meals during the public health emergency.


Guidance Memos and Waivers





Waivers for 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.

Waivers for SY 2021-2022

    Special Milk Program

    USDA has granted the Non-Congregate and Parent Pick up waivers for the Special Milk Program (SMP) for flexibilities in serving milk due to virtual or distance learning and school closures related to COVID-19. You must complete this SMP waiver request if your program intends to offer milk in a non-congregate setting and distribute to parents or guardians.

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    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.

    School Meals Resources
    Providing Meals

    Emergency Procurement

    School food service staff can conduct emergency purchases to continue uninterrupted food service using noncompetitive procurement methods. This type of procurement or purchase is short-term in duration, which means these contracts cannot be renewed for the following school year. The emergency procurement process can be utilized without DPI or USDA approval. If utilized, the school can award the purchase without requesting bids from multiple suppliers. Negotiate a reasonable price, if possible.

    Record of Emergency procurement(s) must be properly maintained by documenting:

    • Contractor/supplier name
    • Contractor/supplier primary contact information and address
    • Contractor/supplier name of person supplying pricing
    • Purchase amount/contract value
    • Description of product and/or service being purchased/contracted
    • If applicable, duration of contract (contract term)
    • Reason for emergency

    Once the emergency situation is over, if future purchases are needed, the school will need to follow normal procurement guidelines for those purchases.

    Ideas of Non-Congregate Meal Delivery

    Food Safety


    "Traditional" School Meals Programs (NSLP, SBP), contact the School Nutrition Team or a specific team member

    Seamless Summer Option (SSO), contact at

    Child and Adult Care Food Program, contact the Community Nutrition Team or a specific person

    Summer Food Service Program, contact at