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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

School Food Service Directors/Managers
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Monday, March 4, 2024
Waiver Request Notification

The New York State Education Department (SED) has requested State-level waiver authority from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve the following operational flexibilities for non-congregate meal service through the end of school year 2023-24. These waivers would allow non-congregate meal service in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO), when congregate meal service operations are limited due to natural disasters, unscheduled major building repairs, court orders relating to school safety or other issues, labor-management disputes, or similar unanticipated causes. Once authorized, SED will provide guidance to operators on requesting and using the waivers.

SFSP and SSO Unanticipated School Closures (Schools buildings are closed with no virtual learning)

The waivers in this section apply to SFSP and SSO during unanticipated school closures, when school buildings are closed and virtual classes are not offered. These waivers would be effective May 1, 2024 through June 30, 2024.

  • Non-Congregate Meal Service during Unanticipated School Closures [42 U.S.C. 1753(b)(1)(A), 42 U.S.C. 1761(a)(1)(D), and 7 CFR 225.6(i)(15)]
  • Parent and Guardian Meal Pick-Up: Parent and Guardian Meal Pick-Up during Unanticipated School Closures [42 U.S.C. 1761(f)(3) and 7 CFR 210.10(a), 220.2 (Breakfast), 220.8(a), 225.2 (Meals), and 225.9(d)(7)]
  • Meal Service Times for Unanticipated School Closures [7 CFR 225.16(c)(1), (2), and (3)]
  • Service of Meals at School Sites for Unanticipated School Closures [42 U.S.C. 1761(c)(1) and 7 CFR 225.6(h)(1)(iv)]

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:, 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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