THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
The Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022 (KKFA), which President Biden signed into law on June 25, 2022, provides additional support and resources to help Child Nutrition Program (CN) operators continue to serve healthy meals to children during this challenging time.
While KKFA does not extend the broader waiver authority or the resources that would allow USDA to extend the full range of flexibilities currently in place—most notably the ability to serve all meals for free—it is a critical step forward.
Specifically, KKFA makes the following changes:
- Extends USDA’s authority to issue nationwide waivers that may increase Federal costs for summer meal programs through September 2022. See below for the initial set of waivers released.
- For school year (SY) 2022-23, provides temporary additional reimbursements of:
- 40 cents per lunch served through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); and
- 15 cents per breakfast served through the School Breakfast Program (SBP).
- Allows USDA to issue limited nationwide waivers that do not increase Federal costs during the SY 2022-23.
Note that the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for NSLP and SBP will be published in July. The rate adjustment will be based on an increase of 7.4% from May 2021 to May 2022 in the Consumer Price Index for “food away from home." USDA announced the SFSP rates for CY 2022 in January.
The following waivers will streamline access, enhance flexibility, and reduce administrative burden on operators, as well as program participants.
- Nationwide Waiver to Extend Area Eligibility Waivers for Summer 2022 Operations
- Nationwide Waiver to Allow Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites for Summer 2022 Operations
- Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program Reimbursement Rates for the Seamless Summer Option in Summer 2022
- Nationwide Waiver to Allow Fiscal Action Flexibility for Meal Pattern Violations Related to COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting School Meals in School Year 2022-2023
The Child Nutrition Office will be hosting a webinar on Friday, July 1, 2022 to discuss the Keep Kids Fed Act and associated waiver flexibilities. To register for the webinar, please go to: Child Nutrition | NYSED
Additional USDA guidance is expected and will be communicated as it is received.