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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.
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: May 2, 2023
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