Nutrition Services

COVID 19 Preparedness for School Meals and Child and Adult Food Care Program- Waiver Announcements


Nutrition Services has put together a comprehensive document to provide guidance on understanding and applying waivers and waiver extensions applicable to Child Nutrition Programs. This document will be updated as new information is received from USDA.


  • CACFP Monitoring Requirements for Family Day Care Homes: Request to waive the on-site monitoring requirements for sponsors of family day care homes during pandemic situations.



Please contact the Office of Nutrition Services for more information.


  • The NDE has received approval to allow NDE approved non-area eligible school food authorities, in good standing, to feed students during the emergency school closures related to COVID-19.  School Food Authorities (SFA) currently providing meals during unanticipated closure under the National School Lunch Program or as a Closed Enrolled Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site may request consideration for this waiver and be allowed to operate as an Open SFSP site because of the economic hardship experienced in their communities as a result of COVID-19.
  • If the community your SFA serves can provide justification of economic hardship and would like to be considered for implementation of this waiver, please complete the AE Waiver Application.
  • Nutrition Services hosted an informational webinar to share about AE waivers as well as other USDA-issued waivers.  This webinar also included time for Q&As.
  • Slides from the AE Webinar are available for download.

COVID 19 and School Meals- Food Service Sites

School Food Authorities across Nebraska are continuing their hard work to give students access to nutritious meals despite school closures and closed facilities.  Find a link below to a frequently updated list of open food service sites throughout the state.

Open Food Service Sites (4/20/2020)

COVID 19 and School Closures- Standard Operating Procedure

Nutrition Services has developed a document outlining Standard Operating Procedure for school use during the COVID 19 Viral Pandemic.

COVID 19 Viral Pandemic Response School Closures Standard Operating Procedure

COVID 19 Viral Pandemic Response

COVID 19 Viral Pandemic Non-School Meals Distribution Sites

Nutrition Services Vision Statement

Nutrition Services provides leadership that inspires service of nutritious meals to children, students and adults.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

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Updated June 1, 2020 1:02pm