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Area Eligibility (AE) Waiver 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.  The webinar will also included time for Q&As.
  • Slides from the AE Webinar are available for download.

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