Nutrition Services

COVID 19 Preparedness for School Meals- Waiver Announcement

The Nebraska Department of Education Office of Nutrition Services (NDE) has applied for state-wide waivers for the following:

Non-Area Eligible Waiver: NDE has requested waiver of the non-area eligibility requirements for Summer Food Service Programs operating in areas where the census or school data indicate the populations is less than 50% free and reduced eligible students during pandemic conditions.

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.

CACFP Monitoring Requirements for State Agency: Request to waive on-site review requirements of CACFP participants for the remainder of fiscal year 2020.

Below are 7 nationwide waiver approval letters for states under Section 2202 of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act related to Child Nutrition:

Congregate Meal Waivers: FNS has approved waivers from all 50 states, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, enabling Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus. FNS also issued guidance on meal delivery using existing authorities in summer meal programs.

Nationwide Meal Times Waiver: FNS has provided a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. (Guidance for States on the Meal Times Nationwide Waiver)

Nationwide Non-congregate Feeding Waiver: FNS has provided a nationwide waiver of congregate feeding requirements to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. (Guidance for States on the Non-Congregate Feeding Nationwide Waiver)

Nationwide Afterschool Activity Waiver: FNS has provided a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals and snacks while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. (Guidance for States on the Afterschool Activity Nationwide Waiver)’

Nationwide Meal Pattern Waiver: FNS has provided nationwide approval for states to locally waive specific meal pattern requirements as needed to support access to nutritious meals when certain foods are not available due to the novel coronavirus. (Guidance for States on the Meal Pattern Waiver)

Nationwide Parent/Guardian Meal Pickup Waiver: FNS is allowing states approved for non-congregate feeding to waive the rule preventing parents and guardians from picking up meals for their children, as long as they protect accountability and integrity. (Guidance for States on the Meal Pickup Waiver)

Nationwide Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Data Waiver: FNS is extending CEP election, notification and reporting and deadlines for School Year 2020-21. (Guidance for States on the CEP Waiver)

The waivers apply across the state and there is no need for schools, child care centers or other participants to complete a waiver application.

Please contact the Office of Nutrition Services for more information.

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 Site Food Service Sites (3/30/2020)

Nutrition Services Vision Statement

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

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Updated April 1, 2020 2:23pm