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08/09/2022FY23 Child and Adult Care Food Program Training Opportunities
08/09/2022National School Nutrition Programs Reimbursement Rates for Fiscal Year 2023
08/02/2022*Revised*: School Year (SY) 2022-2023 Massachusetts Meal Benefit Household Application Packet Now Available
07/08/2022Revised Meal Service Questions and Answers for Summer 2022 (SFSP, SSO and NSLP)
07/06/2022USDA Foods — Availability Update, Brown Box FCFS, Bonus DoD Funds, Processing Pounds, Warehouse Contracts, & Assessment Fees
07/01/2022School Meals Communication Plan for School Year 2022-2023
06/28/2022Use of the Nondiscrimination Statement on Public Communications (State Guidance issued June 28, 2022)
06/21/2022MA DESE Public Announcement on the Summer Food Service Program 2022
05/27/2022Additional Data Available for Area Eligibility, Summer 2022 and SY 2022-23
04/27/2022Districts and Schools Eligible and Potentially Eligible to Participate in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) in 2022-2023 School Year
04/25/2022Schools & Child Care — Special Milk Program Onboarding Online Security Portal Training and Renewal Process for Fiscal Year 2023
04/08/2022Camps — Special Milk Program Onboarding Online Security Portal Training and Renewal Process for Fiscal Year 2022
03/31/2022Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) — April Report
03/24/2022Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) Funds Questions and Answers
02/28/2022An Act Promoting Student Nutrition (2 of 2) — Student Unpaid Meal Debt
02/28/2022An Act Promoting Student Nutrition (1 of 2) — New Requirements Related to Special Provisions
01/19/2022FY22 Summer Food Service Program: Expansion, Access, Training, and Start-Up (SFSP EATS) Grant for New and Existing Sponsors — Fund Code 542 grant opportunity
01/14/2022An Act Regarding Breakfast After the Bell (FY 23)
12/14/2021Food Service Management Company Contract Procedures for School Year 2022-2023
09/28/2021Meal Modifications in Child Nutrition Programs (State Guidance issued September 28, 2021)
08/05/2021Taglines and Providing Meaningful Access to the Child Nutrition Program (State Guidance issued August 5, 2021)

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Given the Impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), What Has Changed about the Operation of the Child Nutrition Programs?

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is focused on ensuring America's families are safe, secure, and healthy during this national emergency. USDA is granting states significant program flexibilities and contingencies to best serve program participants. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)'s Office for Food and Nutrition Programs (FNP) is working with Local School Food Authorities to implement these flexibilities and ensure children in the commonwealth have access to school meals.

Has the Office for Food and Nutrition Programs (FNP) requested that any regulatory requirements be waived for Child Nutrition Programs operating in Massachusetts?

Yes. To date, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not have nationwide waiver authority to extend certain waivers into summer 2022 and School Year (SY) 2022-2023. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) expects that flexibilities under the waivers in this section will only be implemented by Program operators when congregate meal service is limited by the COVID-19 pandemic. MA DESE, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs (FNP) is seeking a waiver for the following regulations:

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) waiver only

  • First Week Site Visits requirement at 7 CFR 225.15(d)(2)
    • Waives the requirement for returning SFSP sponsors to visit each site at least once during the first week of operation under the program.
  • Offer Versus Serve requirement at 42 U.S.C.1761(f)(7) and 7 CFR 225.16(f)(1)(ii)
    • Waives the regulation which limits the use of Offer Versus Serve (OVS) to SFAs and allows for OVS to be used with the SFSP meal pattern.
  • Sponsor Level Monitoring Requirements [7 CFR 225.15(d)]
    • Required site visits/reviews are conducted onsite.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

  • Non-Congregate Meal Service for Outdoor Summer Meal Sites Experiencing Excessive Heat, requirement 7 CFR 225.6(e)(15)
  • Applications for Closed Enrolled Sites requirement at 42 U.S.C. 1761(a)(1)(A)(i)(III) and 7 CFR 225.15(f)
    • Waives the requirement for SFSP closed enrolled sites to establish eligibility through the collection of income eligibility applications. Under this waiver, SFSP and SSO closed enrolled sites could determine site eligibility using methods described in SP08 CACFP04 SFSP03-2017 Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs
  • Meal Service Time Restrictions requirements under 7 CFR 225.16(c)(1) and (c)(2)
    • Waives the regulation which sets a minimum time that must elapse between meal services and limits the length of meal services. This waiver extends to both SFSP and SSO meal service operations.
  • Non-Congregate Meal Service during Summer 2022 [42 U.S.C. 1753(b)(1)(A), 42 U.S.C. 1761(a)(1)(D), and 7 CFR 225.6(e)(15)] (May 1, 2022 – September 30, 2022)
  • Parent/Guardian Meal Pickup during Summer 2022 [42 U.S.C. 1761(f)(3), 7 CFR 210.10(a), 7 CFR 220.2, 7 CFR 220.8(a), 7 CFR 225.2, and 7 CFR 225.9(d)(7)] (May 1, 2022 – September 30, 2022)
  • Unanticipated School Closures through SFSP or SSO:
    • Non-Congregate Meal Service during Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2022-23 [42 U.S.C. 1753(b)(1)(A), 42 U.S.C. 1761(a)(1)(D), and 7 CFR 225.6(e)(15)] (October 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023)
    • Parent and Guardian Meal Pick-Up during Unanticipated School Closures (SFSP/SSO) [42 U.S.C. 1761(f)(3) and 7 CFR 210.10(a), 220.2 (Breakfast), 220.8(a), 225.2, and 225.9(d)(7)] (October 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023)
    • Meal Service Times for Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2022-23 [7 CFR 225.16(c)(1) and 225.16(c)(2)] (October 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023)
    • Meals at School Sites for Unanticipated School Closures in SY 2022-23 [42 U.S.C. 1761(c)(1) and 7 CFR 225.6(d)(1)(iv)] (October 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023)

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP):

  • Non-Congregate Meal Service [42 U.S.C. 1753(b)(1)(A) and 42 U.S.C. 1773(b)(1)(A)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  • Parent/Guardian Meal Pickup [7 CFR 210.10(a), 220.2 (Breakfast), and 220.8(a)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  • Meal Service Times [7 CFR 210.10(l) and 220.8(l)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  • Offer Versus Serve [42 U.S.C. 1758(a)(3) and 7 CFR 210.10(e)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
    • Paid Lunch Equity [42 U.S.C. 1760(p)(2) and 7 CFR 210.14(e)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
    • Use of Prior Year Eligibility Determinations for School Year 2022-2023 Carryover [42 U.S.C. 1758(b)(C) and 7 CFR 245.6(c)(2)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)

School Year Administration (NSLP/SBP/SFSP):

  • Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment [42 U.S.C. 1758b(b) and 7 CFR 210.31(e)(2)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  • Food Service Management Company (FSMC) contract duration [7 CFR 210.16(d), 7 CFR 225.16(h)(7)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  • Administrative Review Onsite Requirements [7 CFR 210.18] (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)
    • Onsite Requirement for SFA Onsite Reviews by February 1 [7 CFR 210.8(a)(1) and 220.11(d)(1)] (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)
    • Onsite Requirement for Afterschool Care Reviews [7 CFR 210.9(c)(7)] (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)
    • Onsite Requirement for Periodic On-site Visits when Utilizing an FSMC [7 CFR 210.16(a)(3) and 220.7(d)(1)(iii)] (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP):

  • Parent/Guardian FFVP Pickup [42 U.S.C. 1769a] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  • Alternate Site [42 U.S.C. 1769a(a)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP):

  • Non-Congregate Meal Service [42 U.S.C 1753(b)(1)(A) and 7 CFR 226.19(b)(6)(iii)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  • Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-Up [7 CFR 226.2] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  • Meal Service Times [7 CFR 226.20(k)] (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
  • State Agency Onsite Monitoring Visits [7 CFR 226.6(b)(1) and 226.6(m)(6)] (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)
  • Sponsoring Organization Onsite Monitoring Visits [7 CFR 226.16(d)(4)(iii)] (End of PHE** – June 30, 2023)

** Current nationwide waivers of onsite monitoring for NSLP, SBP, and CACFP remain in effect until 30 days after the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). The end of the PHE will be declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Financial Management:

MA DESE is seeking a waiver to FSMC- [7 CFR 210.19(a)(5)] Food Service Management Company (FSMC) review cycle requirements, to modify the Procurement Review Cycle under the NSLP and for reviewing School Food Authorities (SFAs) utilizing a Food Service Management Company (FSMC). MA DESE is currently operating a 4-year Procurement Review cycle for SFAs with FSMCs starting in School Year (SY) 2019-2020 and ending (on June 30, 2023) in SY 2022-2023. MA DESE is requesting a waiver to operate a 9-year Procurement Review cycle for SFAs with FSMCs (to match non-FSMC SFAs) starting in SY 2017-2018 and ending (on June 30, 2026) in SY 2025-2026.

FNP will alert Child Nutrition Program Sponsoring Organizations to the outcome of these waiver requests when available and will provide additional guidance on how outcome to these waiver requests will impact program operations.

Please contact a member of the Special Nutrition Programs Team if there are any questions about these requests.

Last Updated: August 11, 2022

 
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