Coronavirus Updates & Resources

Coronavirus.jpgChange is happening hourly across the United States in response to COVID-19. We know that many of you, like us, are all doing your best to serve your community. The truth is, none of us know what life will be like over the next weeks. We will continue to support the CACFP & SFSP community during this pandemic in any way we can. Thank all of you for your patience, hard work, and understanding during this unprecedented time.

COVID_CACFP_Emergency_Relief_Act_cacfp.org.pngCACFP Relief Bill Introduced in Congress to Provide Emergency Funding

On May 12 Maryland US Representative David Trone introduced a bill to Congress that would provide emergency funding to CACFP operators. If passed, child care providers, centers, and sponsors would receive emergency funding equal to 55% of [reimbursements from the same month of the previous year minus any current reimbursements]. Stay tuned for more information!

 

Nationwide Meal Times Waiver

FNS is letting meals be served to kids outside traditional times to maximize flexibility for meal pick-up.

Nationwide Non-congregate Feeding Waiver

FNS is allowing meals to be served in non-group settings to support social distancing.

Nationwide Afterschool Activity Waiver

FNS paused requirements for enrichment activities to accompany afterschool meals & snacks.

Nationwide Meal Pattern Waiver

FNS is giving states the flexibility to serve meals that do not meet meal pattern requirements when needed.

Nationwide Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-Up Waiver

FNS is allowing parents/guardians to pick-up meals and bring them home to their children.

Nationwide Waivers of Child Nutrition Monitoring

FNS extended certain administrative deadlines related to CEP because of school closures.

60-Day Reporting Waiver

Under its FFCRA authority, FNS is extending the 60-day reporting deadline for all state agencies, school food authorities, and CACFP and SFSP sponsoring organizations for January and February 2020.

Child Nutrition Q&As

Information on child nutrition program flexibilities in response to COVID-19, including authorities as provided through FFCRA.

State by State COVID-19 Waivers

Look up which COVID-19 waivers have been requested by your state and have been issued for your state in child nutrition programs.

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CACFP Support Urgently Needed in the Economic Stimulus Plan

Stand together with all Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) advocates in asking Congress to ensure that the CACFP community is supported in the NEXT economic stimulus plan.

Child care and adult day care are essential and critical services for a functioning society, especially during this pandemic. Emergency federal funding is desperately needed to maintain our fragile child and adult care infrastructure. 

Click to send a letter to tell Congress to support CACFP.

Click to Send Letter to Congress 

 

Paycheck_Protection_Program_US_Chamber_of_Commerce_Image.pngPaycheck Protection Program 

The $2 trillion coronavirus relief package signed into law last week, officially known as the CARES Act, includes nearly $350 billion for a federal small business loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program.

If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan may be forgivable; if you keep your staff employed through June 30, 2020. Check to see if you qualify and then contact your bank to see if it is an SBA-approved lender. If your bank is not an SBA-approved lender, contact the SBA to find one.

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Coronavirus Resources for Child Nutrition Programs by State