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SY 21-22 Waivers

Available Waivers

Applicable Program

Waiver Expiration Date

Summary of Waiver

Seamless Summer Option Through School Year 2021-2022

SSO

June 30, 2022

Permits School Food Authorities (SFAs) to operate in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program during the 2021-2022 school year.

Summer Food Service Program Reimbursement Rates in School Year 2021-2022

 

*This waiver will automatically be elected for SFAs/sites that choose to operate SSO.

SSO

June 30, 2022

This waiver allows SFAs to claim National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option meals and snacks at the applicable Summer Food Service Program reimbursement rates in the 2021-2022 School Year.

Non-Congregate Feeding

 

SSO,

NSLP/SBP

June 30, 2022

Waives the requirement for meals to be served and consumed by participants at congregate meal sites and allows for meals to be consumed off-site.

Allows for grab and go meals and meal delivery.

This waiver must be elected if offering “grab and go" or if serving non-unitized meals and/or food items in bulk quantities.

Meal Service Times

 

SSO,

NSLP/SBP

June 30, 2022

Waives meal service time requirements and allows meals to be served outside of standard mealtimes.

Allows multiple meals to be served at the same time.

Program operators that serve two meals together at the same time for “grab and go” must elect this waiver.

Parent/Guardian Meal Pick Up Waiver

SSO,

NSLP/SBP

June 30, 2022

Waives the requirement that meals are served directly to eligible children.

Allows parents/guardians to pick up meals for their children without the child being present.

SFA’s must have a plan in place to maintain accountability and program integrity that includes: ensuring that meals are distributed only to parents or guardians of eligible children, and that duplicate meals are not distributed to any child.

Meal Pattern Flexibility

SSO,

NSLP/SBP

June 30, 2022

SSO Program operators may elect this waiver to waive specific meal pattern requirements required by the SSO. 

Allows targeted, justified flexibilities to support access to nutritious meals. Program operators are still required to meet nutrition standards to the greatest extent possible. 

This waiver is specific to the requirements listed below:

  • That menus meet the dietary specification for sodium,
  • That all grains offered be whole grain-rich
  • That, for pre-schoolers, at least one serving per day, across all eating occasions, must be whole grain-rich
  • To offer a variety of vegetables from the vegetable subgroups
  • To offer a variety (at least two different options) of fluid milk
  • That low-fat milk must be unflavored and
  • To plan menus and offer food components for specified age/grade groups

All other meal pattern requirements remain in effect.

Offer versus Serve Flexibility Waiver for Senior High Schools

SSO,

NSLP/SBP

June 30, 2022

Waives the requirement for senior high schools (as defined by SED) to participate in Offer Versus Serve (OVS) during the 2021-2022 School Year

Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs

SSO,

NSLP/SBP

 

Until 30 days after the end of the public health emergency

Waives the requirement that monitoring must be conducted on-site for all School Food Authorities (SFAs) and State agencies. SFAs and State agencies should continue monitoring activities remotely

Area Eligibility in the Afterschool Programs

Afterschool Snack Program

June 30, 2022

Allows schools participating in the Afterschool Snack Program

to serve snacks to all students at no charge and to claim all snacks at the free rate regardless of their location.

Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessments in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

NSLP/SBP

June 20, 2022

Extends the deadline for the triennial assessment from June 30, 2021 to June 30, 2022

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

Click here for Nondiscrimination Statement translations.

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electrónicoprogram.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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