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01/25/2023Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) Funds — Round 2 Questions and Answers
01/12/2023School Meal Access for Early College Learners
01/09/2023FY23 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Winter Training Opportunities (January–April 2023)
12/22/202212/22/2022 UPDATE: Choking Prevention Policy: Nutrition for Young Children (Under the age of four)
12/06/2022Civil Rights Complaint Policy & Procedures for Sponsoring Organizations of Child Nutrition Programs
11/07/2022CACFP Policy: Prorated Site Monitoring Schedule for Sponsoring Organizations
09/26/2022Affordable Connectivity Program
09/23/2022National School Lunch Program Administrative Review and Procurement Review Process Preparation for Schools Scheduled for an Administrative Review in SY 2022-2023
09/02/2022Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during School Year 2022/2023
08/31/2022School Meal Service Questions and Answers for School Year 2022–2023
08/15/2022Permanent Agreements for the Child Nutrition Program Sponsors
08/09/2022National School Nutrition Programs Reimbursement Rates for Fiscal Year 2023
08/03/2022CACFP Policy for Annual Application Renewal
08/03/2022CACFP Policy for Active Participation
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.

Last Updated: February 6, 2023

 
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