THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
On June 25th, 2022, President Biden signed the Keep Kids Fed Act, which extended USDA authority to waive certain requirements for Child Nutrition Programs to address COVID-19. This gave USDA extra resources to continue serving participants of the Child Nutrition Programs through the SY 2022-2023. These flexibilities (along with some waivers that were offered using USDA’s 12(l) National School Lunch Act waiver authority) are set to expire on June 30th, 2023. These flexibilities allowed for children and adult participants to continue to be fed in a safe manner during the pandemic. However, with the end of the presidentially declared public health emergency on May 11th, 2023, we must continue to work towards a new normal.
As a reminder, the following Child Nutrition Program flexibilities are ending on June 30, 2023:
- Temporary higher per-meal reimbursement rates for NSLP and SBP
- SY 2022-23 meal service operational and administrative flexibilities offered through individual 12(l) waivers (see full list here: SY 2022-23 Child Nutrition Programs Waiver Checklist)