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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
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Waivers Available for the 2022-2023 SY

Waivers Available for the 2022-2023 SY

The New York State Education Department has received State-level waiver authority from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve the following flexibilities that School Food Authorities (SFA) may need to respond and recover from the COVID 19 pandemic during the 2022-2023 school year. These flexibilities should be used only for the duration and extent that they are needed. All waivers will expire on June 30, 2023.

SFA can elect waivers through the Child Nutrition Management System (CNMS).

Administrative Waivers



Student Eligibility Carryover

Allows SFAs that operated the Seamless Summer Option during the 2021-2022 SY to carry over the most recent student eligibility information on file, as far back as SY 2019-2020, for up to the first 30 operating days in the 2022-2023 SY or until a new eligibility determination is made, whichever comes first.


Note: This waiver has been elected in CNMS for all SFAs that operated the Seamless Summer Option during the 2021-2022SY. No further action is necessary by the SFA.


Paid Lunch Equity (PLE)


Allows SFAs to decrease or not raise their paid lunch prices in SY 2022-23.


Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment 


Allows SFAs to complete their first assessment by June 30, 2023.


Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Contract Duration

Permits SFAs to extend existing FSMC contracts that would not otherwise be eligible for extension through SY 2022-2023 or June 30, 2023.

Onsite Monitoring Requirements

Allows SFA monitoring to be conducted remotely.


Operational Waivers

The following flexibilities are only to be implemented when congregate meal service is limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Non-Congregate Meal Service

Allows meals to be consumed off-site.

Parent/Guardian Meal Pickup

Allows parents/guardians to pick up meals for their children without the child being present.


SFA’s must have a plan in place to maintain accountability and program integrity that includes ensuring that meals are distributed only to parents or guardians of eligible children, and that duplicate meals are not distributed to any child.


Meal Service Times

Allows meals to be served outside of standard mealtimes.


Offer Versus Serve


Allows senior high schools to not implement in Offer Versus Serve.


Parent/Guardian FFVP Pickup


Allows parents/guardians to pick up Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) foods for their children without the child being present.


FFVP Alternate Site

Permits FFVP program operations at sites that are not elementary schools.


Unanticipated School Closures

In the event of an unanticipated school closure due to COVID-19, SED has received State-level waiver authority from the USDA to approve closure specific operational flexibilities. Please contact the Child Nutrition Program Office if you experience a school closure and will not be providing remote learning.

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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