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USDA has issued Nationwide Waivers #22 - #25 extending for all Child Nutrition Programs previously issued waivers for non-congregate feeding, meal service times, no child present parent pick-up, and meal pattern flexibilities. Links to those waivers on the FNS site will post as soon as they are available. New FAQ documents will be posted shortly to incorporate all newly issued guidance.
USDA regulations require that at least once every three years, NSLP CEs assess compliance with local school wellness policy and make assessment results available to the public. The first triennial assessment was due June 30, 2020; however, CEs may accept a new deadline of June 30, 2021, if desired. Please complete the intake form below to utilize flexibilities provided by USDA related to delaying the completion of the Local Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment.
COVID-19 Waiver and Flexibility Requests
The Texas Department of Agriculture is requesting waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service should coronavirus impact operations. Not all waivers are approved; should USDA approve any waivers related to meal service, TDA will update SquareMeals.org/coronavirus with further instructions. CEs should wait until they know the extent of the impact of coronavirus before submitting an application for any released waivers. Click here for all of the waivers submitted and under development, and the status of each.
COVID-19 Waiver Intake Forms
In order to implement Nationwide Waivers and other statewide waivers related to COVID-19, Program operators need to submit their intent to participate along with additional information.Choose the applicable Intake Form from the list below:
Important Information for CACFP CEs
Guidance on Non-Congregate Feeding at CACFP Sites
CACFP Application Procedures COVID-19 : http://www.squaremeals.org/Portals/8/files/H1N1/Coronavirus/CACFP%20COVID-19%20Application%20Process_200408.pdf
Coronavirus Updates for F&N: http://squaremeals.org/FandNResources/CoronavirusUpdateforContractingEntities.aspx
Proposed Waivers: (As of March 12, 2020)
Updated NSLP Resources during COVID-19: http://www.squaremeals.org/FandNResources/CoronavirusUpdateforContractingEntities/NSLPResources.aspx