THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
The availability of nationwide waiver flexibilities over the previous two summers allowed SFSP operators to provide meals when social distancing was integral to control the spread of COVID-19.
This summer, program operations are expected to return to pre-pandemic operations and congregate meal service is required. While NYSED has received USDA approval to grant waivers to allow for the non-congregate distribution of meals, the use of these waivers is restricted to only circumstances when congregate meal service is limited by COVID-19. More details on how to request these waivers, should the need arise, will be provided soon.
Please refer to the following resource provided by USDA which includes examples of common questions sponsors may receive from parents or guardians about changes in how their children receive meals this summer:
Common Questions about Returning to Normal Operations | Food and Nutrition Service