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National School Lunch Program

**Updated**Options and Flexibilities in Response to Supply Chain Issues

Original memo dated July 2, 2021.  Guidance has been added to the end of this memo.

The Child Nutrition Program Office is aware that School Food Authorities (SFAs) may be experiencing challenges regarding procuring distributors and receiving bid responses in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, and that this causes great concern about the ability to acquire needed items.

This guidance outlines options available to SFAs encountering these difficulties.

NYS CNP Waiver Request

The New York State Education Department (SED) is requesting the following waiver from USDA requirements:

  1. Request to Waive Monitoring Requirements of the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program, and the Summer Food Service Program During COVID-19.

This waiver has not been approved at this time. Further guidance will be made available upon approval.

NYS CNP Waiver Request

The New York State Education Department (SED) is requesting the following waiver from USDA requirements:

1. Request to Waive the 60-day claim for reimbursement deadlines for July – December 2020. 

This waiver has not been approved at this time. Further guidance will be made available upon approval.

**Updated**USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through June 30, 2021

Original memo dated October 13, 2020.  Updates are indicated by double asterisks (**). 

The New York State Education Department (SED) has elected the use of the Nationwide waiver flexibilities provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year:

SFSP New Sponsor Application Request Form

SED is now accepting applications for participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) during the 2020-2021 school year until December 31, 2020 to the extent that federal and state funding allows. This is for new sponsors who have not been approved to operate the SFSP.  The deadline to submit an application is October 31, 2020.  To request an application, please fill out this SFSP Application Request Form here.

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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