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.

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.


March 27, 2020- USDA FNS Issues National Waivers 

Child Nutrition Monitoring 


March 25, 2020- USDA FNS Issues National Waivers 

Meal Pattern Waiver

Parent/Guardian Meal Pickup Waiver

 Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Data Waiver


March 21, 2020 - Click to send a letter to tell Congress to support CACFP in the trillion dollar Economic Stimulus plan they are working on this weekend!

Click to Send Letter to Congress 

March 20, 2020- USDA FNS Issues National Waivers 

In response the Families First Coronovirus Response Act, USDA FNS has established nationwide waivers to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. These waivers are effective immediately, and remains in effect through June 30, 2020, or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier.

NOTE - These are waivers that are automatically extended to State Agencies without need for application if they elect to use them. Program operators should look for communication from their State Agencies.


Meal Times Nationwide Waiver

Non-Congregate Feeding Nationwide Waiver
Afterschool Activity Nationwide Waiver 

March 18, 2020 - The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was passed by the House this weekend and by the Senate today. On it's way to the White House, once signed, it will give USDA the authority to issue waivers to allow non-congregate feeding and meal pattern modifications in the CACFP. Stay tuned for updates from your state agency and stay safe!


The National CACFP Sponsors Association asked USDA to provide guidance to State Agencies in providing for flexibilities with monitoring requirements. Here is the template letter for sponsors to send to their state agencies who is ultimately responsible for developing waivers for CACFP operaitons.

NCA CACFP Waiver Request to State Agencies Template

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

Read more about the specific actions FNS is taking.

FNS Response to COVID-19

Here is the broader USDA FNS site for information regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

FNS Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response

We have canceled the National Child Nutrition Conference scheduled for April 2020.

We are asking the USDA FNS to support the CACFP community in several ways during this pandemic. One way is to limit the spread of COVID-19 by modifying monitoring requirements.

We ask that you share other concerns with us here as we advocate for flexibilities in the program during this time.

Finally, we encourage you to remind everyone of these following key steps in the prevention of any virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched and used objects and surfaces.
  • Limit one-on-one contact (hugs, handshakes, etc.) with individuals.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, or who appears to have symptoms of a respiratory illness.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling under the weather.


Coronavirus Resources for Child Nutrition Programs by State

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.

Learn More