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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) COVID-19 Information


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The Wisconsin Community Nutrition Team has created this information page to help CACFP participants navigate their options for serving children meals during COVID-19.

For common questions and answers, view the:
CACFP COVID-19 Questions and Answers (10/2021)
FDCH Sponsor COVID-19 Questions and Answers (09/2021)

For more information also see the Child Nutrition Program COVID-19 Information page.

Available Waivers to Apply For

Nationwide Waivers Waiver Form to Complete
Allow Specific Meal Pattern Flexibility in the CACFP for July 1, 2021 thru June 30, 2022
Must receive approval from a member of the CNT prior to implementing this meal pattern waiver.
Meal Pattern Flexibility Waiver Request Form
Waivers for Off-Site Meals
The following three waivers apply to programs that want to distribute meals off-site.
Allow Meal Service Time Flexibility
Non-Congregate Service Time Flexibility
Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children
CACFP Waiver Request Form (distributing meals off-site)


DPI Guidance
DPI CACFP Bulletins
USDA Waivers and Guidance
Providing Meals

Wisconsin 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 CACFP facilities must take to be approved to operate during a closure.

  • Providing meals during a closure
    • Definition of closure: closing the facility and sending all the participants and staff home.
    • It is not mandatory that CACFP facilities provide meals during a closure; however, CACFP facilities are encouraged to ensure that the needs of low-income participants are met during extended closures.
    • CACFP Waiver Request Form (distributing meals off-site)
  • Ways to inform families of availability of meals
    • Wisconsin Child Nutrition Programs encourage CACFP agencies 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 distribute meals to households, such as:
      • serving meals out of a drive thru area at the site,
      • serving meals out of a drive thru area at the site, using delivery trucks or vans to deliver to remote sites,
      • delivering a lunch meal along with a breakfast pack for the next day to provide multiple meals at once.
  • Providing Multiple Meals at a Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic: These tip sheets provide information about using bulk foods and distributing multiple meals at a time.
  • Food Availability
  • Food Safety
    • If serving meals at a site, CACFP facilities should continue to follow DCF regulations and the food safety plan for that site.
    • Refer to the Food Safety Tips for more information.
Additional Information

Upcoming Funding Opportunities


Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin: COVID-19 Community Response Fund
The COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide flexible funding for organizations working in North Central Wisconsin who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. 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.
Deadline: Rolling

COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding
Calling all Principals, School Nutrition Managers, School Nutrition Directors and District Superintendents! GENYOUth is providing 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 help ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need.
Deadline: Rolling

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation: COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund has been established to provide 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.
Deadline: Rolling

InfoED Global’s National Funding Databank
InfoEd Global is proud to be able to share this 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. Our SPIN funding opportunities database contains nearly 40,000 government, foundation, and industry sponsored opportunities that can help.
Deadline: Varies

USDA Farmers to Families Food Box
USDA will award contracts for the purchase of the agricultural products, the assembly of commodity boxes and delivery to identified non-profit organizations that can receive, store and distribute food items.
Deadline: Varies


ALDI Smart Kids Program
Partners with organizations that make a positive impact on our kids’ health and wellness by providing funding and gift cards to organizations that promote kids being active and healthy. Requests for funding should be between $100–$5,000.

Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation
With a Beloit focus, funded projects have “social significance” for the community with a local/regional benefit for the greater Beloit area. All grant requests should be submitted for review by May 1st or November 1st.

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water.FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries.

Good Sports
Resources for schools and community organizations serving youth between the ages of 3-18 years old in an economically disadvantaged area. Award consists of equipment, apparel, and footwear. Rolling application.

Playground grants to help communities build safe places for kids to play. Opportunities ranging building a new playground in your community, to creative play, to transforming sidewalks and vacant lots. Rolling deadlines.

Kenosha Community Foundation
With a mission of helping people to enhance the present and insure the future of the Kenosha Community, multiple funding opportunities are available.

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Grants
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation provides grants ranging from $500 to several million dollars to organizations working hard to improve the lives of urban children living in poverty. The foundation accepts proposals for specific areas within the education, family economic stability, and childhood health sectors. Programs must be able to demonstrate their progress toward helping children achieve their full potential through measurable data relevant to their problem statement.

Otto Bremer Foundation Grants
The Otto Bremer Foundation provides funding for organizations working to provide for people's basic needs and helping them become financially stable and self-reliant.

Reiman Foundation
With a Milwaukee focus, the foundation supports the dedication, imagination and courage of organizations, particularly those involved in our key grant focus areas of education, health care, the arts and children’s initiatives. The Foundation provides philanthropic support to a number of organizations that share and embody this mission. The Reiman Foundation will accept, review and make decisions on grant applications on an ongoing, rolling basis throughout the year.

Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation Community Facilities Fund
Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000.

Salad Bars to Schools
Salad Bars to Schools donates a 6-foot, five-well salad bar package to schools that serve at least 100 reimbursable meals daily. Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply.

SC Johnson’s Education Grants
SC Johnson foundation makes grants in the areas of arts, culture, and humanities; community and economic development; education; health and wellness; social services; and environment and sustainability. Education Grants include support for programs that emphasize student academic achievement, with a focus on academic enrichment and advancement, early childhood, and kindergarten through grade 12 education; postsecondary institutions; and technical and vocational schools.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed information about the Coronavirus, including a page with information specific to Childcare, Schools, and Youth Programs. At this time, much of the information available is about prevention, including distancing measures and good hygiene practices.

Here is the latest information from the CDC for preventing COVID-19 spread in communities.

For questions about this information, contact CNT (608) 267-9129