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School Meals Programs COVID-19 Information


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SFAs serving meals during school year (SY) 2020-21 have the option to serve under the NSLP, SSO, or SFSP. This webpage is for SFAs serving meals under the NSLP. With this program, students must be claimed based on their eligibility of free, reduced, or paid. 


For common questions and answers, view the:
(updated 4/15/21)

Nationwide Waivers SY 2020-21 (NSLP)

The following waivers apply to SY 2020-21 under the NSLP. If your SFA chooses to implement any of the waivers below, you must complete its respective waiver form. Upon completion, the waiver flexibility is automatically granted, with the exception of the meal pattern flexibility waiver. Meal pattern flexibility requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis by a member of the SNT.

Nationwide Waiver

Waiver Form to Complete

Non-congregate Feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs Waiver to Allow Non-Congregate Feeding
Meal Service Time Flexibility in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program Waiver to Allow Meal Service Time Flexibility
Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals

Offer Versus Serve Flexibility for Senior High Schools in the National School Lunch Program

Waiver to allow OVS Flexibility for Senior High School Students

Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs 

Must receive approval from a member of the SNT prior to implementing this meal pattern waiver.

Waiver to allow Meal Pattern Flexibility

(Includes one meal pattern for all and whole grain-rich, sodium, and 1% flavored milk flexibility requests)
Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs - Revised - EXTENSION 2 SFA Onsite Monitoring Waiver

Wisconsin School Day Milk Program (WSDMP)

WSDMP Waiver Request (public schools only)
WSDMP Waiver Request (private schools only)

Special Milk Program

SMP Non-congregate Waiver Request


Guidance and Memos
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.

USDA Foods

School Meals Resources
Providing Meals

Ideas of Non-Congregate Meal Delivery

Food Safety

    Closing Instructions