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Child Nutrition Program COVID-19 Information

Overview

The Wisconsin School and Community Nutrition Teams have created a webpage to help School Food Authorities, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) facilities navigate the options for serving children meals due to COVID-19.
 
USDA Guidance & Nationwide Waivers

USDA Guidance

USDA Waivers

Nationwide Waivers: Child Nutrition Programs

  1. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Service Time Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs 3/20/20
  2. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs 3/20/20
  3. Nationwide Waiver of the Activity Requirement in Afterschool Care Child Nutrition Programs 3/20/20
  4. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs 3/25/20
  5. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children 3/25/20
  6. Nationwide Waiver of Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs 3/25/20
  7. Nationwide Waiver of Monitoring Requirements for Sponsors in the Child and Adult Care Food Program 3/27/20
  8. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Child and Adult Care Food Program 3/27/20
  9. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs 3/27/20
    1. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Program - Revised 6/5/20
  10. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for Sponsoring Organizations in the Summer Food Service Program 3/27/20
  11. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Summer Food Service Program 3/27/20
  12. Nationwide Waiver of 60 Day Reporting Requirements for January and February 2020 4/1/20
  13. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs - EXTENSION 4/21/20
  14. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option 4/21/20
  15. Nationwide Waiver to Waive First Week Site Visits in the Summer Food Service Program 4/21/20
  16. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the Summer Food Service Program 4/21/20
  17. Nationwide Waiver of Meal Service Time Restrictions in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option 4/21/20
  18. Nationwide Waiver of Local Wellness Policy Triennial Assessments in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs 4/23/20
  19. Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the National School Lunch Programs and Summer Food Service Program 4/24/20
  20. Nationwide Waiver of Annual Review Requirements for State Agencies in the Child and Adult Care Food Program 4/24/20
  21. Nationwide Waiver to Extend Unanticipated School Closure Operations through June 30, 2020 4/27/20
  22. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs - EXTENSION 5/14/20
  23. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Service Time Flexibility in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program - EXTENSION 5/14/20
  24. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs - EXTENSION 5/14/20
  25. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children - EXTENSION 5/14/20
  26. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs - EXTENSION 6/8/20
  27. Nationwide waiver of Monitoring Requirements for Sponsors in the Child and Adult Care Food Program - EXTENSION 6/8/20
  28. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Child and Adult Care Food Program - EXTENSION 6/8/20
  29. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs - Revised - EXTENSION 6/8/20
  30. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for Sponsoring Organizations in the Summer Food Service Program - EXTENSION 6/8/20
  31. Nationwide Waiver of Onsite Monitoring Requirements for State Agencies in the Summer Food Service Program - EXTENSION 6/8/20
  32. Nationwide Waiver to Extend Area Eligibility Waivers through August 31, 2020 6/10/20
  33. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs - EXTENSION #2 6/25/20
  34. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Service Time Flexibility in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program - EXTENSION #2 6/25/20
  35.  Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children - EXTENSION #2 6/25/20
  36. Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs - EXTENSION #4 6/25/20
  37.  Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibility for Senior High Schools in the National School Lunch Program for School Year 2020-2021 6/25/20

    Nationwide Waivers: USDA Foods

    USDA Memos

    DPI Guidance
    Providing Meals

    Wisconsin School and Community Nutrition Programs have been provided the option to continue to provide reimbursable meals to children during closures related to the COVID-19 virus. The following outlines the steps that School Food Authorities (SFA), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) facilities must take to be approved to operate during a closure. SFAs have the option to select the SFSP or the SSO. Free and reduced eligibility thresholds for the SFSP and SSO sites do not apply in this circumstance.

    • Providing meals during a closure/dismissal
      • Definition of closure/dismissal: closing the center/school and sending all the children and staff home. In a dismissal, the center/school may stay open for staff while the children stay home. We will use the term dismissal for purposes of closure and dismissal.
      • USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) may waive the requirement at 7 CFR 225.6(e)(15) and 7 CFR 226.29(b)(6)(iii), that meals be served and consumed in a congregate setting.
      • FNS may waive the requirements at 7 CFR 225.6(d)(1)(iv) limiting the operation of the SFSP or SSO during an unexpected dismissal during the school year to non-school sites.
      • FNS may waive the requirements at 7 CFR 210.10(1), 220.8(1), 225.16(c)(1) and (2) allowing State agencies to adjust the time of meal service as addressed at 226.20(k), including suspension of meal times as needed in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, during the public health emergency.
      • FNS may also waive the requirements at 7 CFR 210.10(o)(1)(ii) and 7 CRF 226.17a(b)(1)(ii) and (iii), allowing eligible schools and at-risk afterschool care centers to serve afterschool meals and snacks without an educational or enrichment activity during this public health emergency.
      • It is not mandatory that SFAs, SFSP and CACFP sponsors provide meals during a dismissal; however, SFAs, SFSP and CACFP sponsors are encouraged to ensure that the needs of low-income children are met during extended dismissals.
      • The SSO COVID-19 waiver “is targeted to children who attend schools that have been dismissed due to COVID-19. However, in eligible areas, meals may be served to all children 18 and under in the household if at least one child attends a dismissed school.”
    • Ways to inform families of availability of meals
      • Wisconsin Child Nutrition Programs encourage SFAs, SFSP and CACFP sponsors to use your standard methods of communication to inform households of the availability and location of meals during closures related to COVID-19. Such methods may include social media, emails, texts, and phone calls.
    • Ideas of Non-Congregate Meal Delivery
      • Consider ways to deliver meals to households, such as:
        • serving meals out of a drive thru area at the school/center,
        • using delivery trucks to deliver to remote sites,
        • delivering meals along the bus route using school buses, or
        • delivering a lunch meal along with a breakfast pack for the next day to provide two meals at once.
    • Shelf-Stable Menu Item Ideas SFAs, SFSP and CACFP sponsors who need to provide shelf-stable meals for food safety concerns or lack of available product may consider these options.
    • Ways to use WI-Processed Products SFAs, SFSP and CACFP sponsors who need creative ideas for how to use their WI-Processed products.
    • Food Safety
    • Closing Instructions
    Emergency Meals

    Below is a list of vendors providing unitized, boxed, and bagged meals for SFSP and SSO during the COVID-19 unanticipated school closure. This emergency procurement model is not intended to be a long-term feeding solution. Instead, this option 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 2019-20 SY online contract under the Meal Charges page. 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

    Email: s.taher@taher.com

    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
     
    Meals to You (for schools under rural designation)
    Additional Opportunities
    GENYOUth COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding Grants

    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. Apply today at https://COVID-19.genyouthnow.org/ (Google Chrome recommended for this application)

    For more grant opportunities, view COVID-19 Grant Opportunities and the DPI Grant webpage.

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    Contacts for CACFP, SFSP and SSO

    Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
    Shiela Coulton
    Operations Program Associate
    shiela.coulton@dpi.wi.gov
    (608) 267-9129
    Amy Kolano
    SFSP Coordinator
    amy.kolano@dpi.wi.gov
    (608) 266-7124
    Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
    Counting and Claiming
    Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
    Meal Pattern Compliance
    Michelle Zvonar
    Nutrition Program Consultant
    michelle.zvonar@dpi.wi.gov
    (608) 267-9125
    Brittany Zerbe, MS, RDN, CD
    Public Health Nutritionist
    brittany.zerbe@dpi.wi.gov
    (608) 266-5185
    Tanya Kirtz
    Nutrition Program Consultant
    tanya.kirtz@dpi.wi.gov
    (608) 266-2410
    Molly Gregory, RDN, CD
    Public Health Nutritionist
    molly.gregory@dpi.wi.gov
    (608) 267-9276