Food and Nutrition COVID-19 Resources

This page includes U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waivers, memos, guidance on meal service during this unprecedented time, and recent Nutrition Program Bulletins with COVID-19-related information. View CDC Resources for Child Care, Schools, and Youth Programs.

USDA issued a waiver that allows modifications to meal pattern requirements. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is accepting meal pattern waiver requests via an online survey. Starting July 1, apply for the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Specific Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program for School Year 2021-22. This waiver is specific to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Waiver requests are intended to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19. Requests must be for current needs of short duration and must be submitted by sponsor (not site or foodservice management company) contacts.

View USDA Food and Nutrition COVID-19 Waivers.
View USDA Food and Nutrition COVID-19 Memos.

View recent Food and Nutrition Bulletins

Food Resources for Families

Expand the topics below to find additional Food and Nutrition resources related to COVID-19. Check back often, as resources are updated as new information becomes available.

Community-Based Nutrition Program Resources (CACFP, At-Risk and SFSP)

  • 3/24/21
    Guidance for NSLP and/or CACFP sponsors when parents or guardians are picking up meals for children.
  • 2/23/21
    This document provides guidance for sponsors to conduct desk audits of a SFSP site.
  • Off-Site Monitoring for Program Year 2021: Child and Adult Care Food Program   - 2/23/21
  • Community-Based Nutrition COVID-19 Question and Answer  - 2/2/21
  • Template Consent for Home Meal Delivery During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency  - 6/22/20
    Use this form to gain household consent for meals that will be delivered to students' homes.
  • COVID-19 Waiver Instructions for Community-Based Nutrition Programs  - 3/25/20

School Nutrition Program Resources

Handling Food Service Staff Shortages during COVID-19
This document provides suggestions for schools that experience staffing shortages due to illness or quarantine during COVID-19.

Food Safety Guidance for Meal Distribution

Multiple Day Service Food Safety Cards
Translated versions of this document are available: Food Safety Card (Somali), Food Safety Card (Karen), Food Safety Card (Hmong), and Food Safety Card (Spanish).