Office for Food and Nutrition Programs
Providing Meals during School Closings for H1N1 Outbreaks
|To:||Summer Food Service Program Sponsors|
|From:||Kathleen C. Millett, Administrator Nutrition, Health and Safety|
|Date:||December 14, 2009|
Schools and community organizations operating a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) may continue to provide reimbursable meals to low- income children during school closures related to the H1N1 influenza virus. Meals served during these school closures may be claimed either through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option (SSO).
Any school food authority (SFA) or eligible community organization that wants to continue to provide reimbursable meals for children in schools closed due to the H1N1 virus must have an agreement with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety, which covers operation of the SFSP or the SSO. SFAs and organizations with existing agreements in place may modify these agreements to include waiver requests for operation during H1N1 school closures. Please use the prototype waiver form available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/disasters/pandemic/default.htm. The waiver request should include specific information about the closed school(s) for which meal service will be provided. All waiver requests must be submitted to this office for review and approval.
Additional information including Questions and Answers addressing providing meals to low-income children during school closings for H1N1 outbreaks is also available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/disasters/pandemic/default.htm. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact this office at (781) 338-6494.