H.R. 6201 Update - USDA Issues Nationwide Child Nutrition Waivers
On Saturday, March 21, USDA issued nationwide child nutrition waivers including the non-congregate requirement and meal service time requirement across all programs and the educational and enrichment requirements when serving afternoon snacks.
SNA is hosting a series of new webinars addressing COVID-19 to support school nutrition operators and industry partners. These webinars are free for both SNA members and non-members and will be archived for on-demand viewing in the
How K-12 districts are continuing to feed students through school closures
by SNA President Gay Anderson, SNS, as she explains challenges K-12 districts face while continuing to feed students during COVID-19 school closures.
SNA is working to provide the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic relevant to school nutrition professionals on ourwebpage:
Stay at Home Orders
Multiple states have issued “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” orders for non-essential workers. We have listed which states are under the restrictions and if school nutrition programs are considered essential. The list is updated daily.
FNS has approved waivers for 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting. Guidance has also been issued on
meal delivery using existing authorities
$5 Million in Relief Grants Available to School Food Authorities
School Food Authorities (SFAs) and other community organizations can seek financial assistance through emergency grants, now increased to $5 million, from our allied partner
No Kid Hungry
to support local efforts like home-delivered meals, grab ‘n’ go meal programs, school and community pantries, backpack programs and other initiatives.
The number of webinars to date in SNA’s new COVID-19 webinar series. Stay current on coronavirus-related topics and sign up for these upcoming live and on-demand webinars available to both members and non-members in the Training Zone.
A Video Message from Your SNA President
SNA President Gay Anderson, SNS, thanks school nutrition professionals for their efforts to ensure that children have access to healthy meals during COVD-19 school closures.
Watch the Video
SNF Assists SNA Members through AmazonSmile Program
The School Nutrition Foundation remains dedicated to assisting all SNA members during these uncertain times. When you shop on
and name SNF as the recipient, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to SNF at no cost to you or to the Foundation.
Now Available on Demand: Serving Students School Meals During COVID-19 Webinar
Listen in to SNA, FRAC and USDA provide updates on guidelines for serving students school meals during closure in this March 17 webinar. School nutrition operators also share practical ideas to provide meals to students through working with their communities, state agencies and other partners.
Tomorrow: Special Thursday Webinar for Industry Partners
Tomorrow industry partners are encouraged to join us for
How You Can Help School Feeding During COVID-19
learn about the most current regulations on serving students school meals during COVID-19 closures and the current challenges facing school nutrition operators from SNA’s survey results.
Head to the Training Zone for New ANC Videos
Looking to take advantage of online training during the new COVID-19 virtual reality? Check out the package of
#ANC19 education session videos
now available on demand in the Training Zone to earn 20 CEUs!
Ask the Expert: Food Allergy Resource Center Newly Updated
Food allergy management in schools remains a critical concern for school nutrition professionals. Find the information and resources you need in the newly updated
Food Allergy Resource Center
, made available with the help of our partner the National Peanut Board.
Leading During an Epidemic: Communicating with Staff and Members
SNA CEO, Patti Montague, CAE, shares her story, along with fellow CEOs on how they are handling leadership of their organizations during this time of emergency in
Allied Organizations Urge USDA to Implement Families First Coronavirus Act Waivers
SNA joined 20 allied organizations in a letter urging US Department of Agriculture
to implement school nutrition program waivers provided through the
Families First Coronavirus Act
signed by the President on March 18th. The letter asks USDA to move swiftly with their authority to broadly grant waivers to support the provision of meals in communities throughout the country. Read more details in the
Federal Register: SY2020-2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines
The USDA has posted
income eligibility guidelines
to be used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk effective from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
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