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These are challenging times for everyone. Many reliable sources of groceries and nutrition are overwhelmed or temporary closed as they are working to respond the COVID-19 crisis. Know that you are not alone and there are still options available to you. Feeding America provides current state-by-state information to help you find your nearest food bank.

 
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FNS Actions to Respond to COVID-19

USDA intends to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies to serve our program participants across our 15 nutrition programs. We have already begun to issue waivers to ease program operations and protect the health of participants.

 
Child Nutrition Programs

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.

Pandemic EBT: As a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, children who would receive free or reduced price meals if not for school closures are eligible to receive assistance under this provision. USDA is providing guidance to state agencies on plan requirements in order to receive approval. (Guidance for States on Pandemic EBT)

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 Meal Times Nationwide Waivers)

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 Non-Congregate Feeding Nationwide Waivers)

 
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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 Afterschool Activity Nationwide Waivers)

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 Meal Pattern Waivers)

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 Meal Pickup Waivers)

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 CEP Waivers)

Nationwide Waivers of Child Nutrition Monitoring: FNS has used its authority under FFRCA to waive certain onsite monitoring requirements for the school meals programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program, to maintain program integrity and support social distancing while providing meals. (Guidance for States on Monitoring Waivers)

 
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