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. Apply for the Meal Pattern Flexibility Waiver School Year 2020-21. 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)

  • Community-Based Nutrition COVID-19 Question and Answer  - 11/12/20
  • 10/22/20
    Guidance for NSLP and/or CACFP sponsors when parents or guardians are picking up meals for children.
  • Guidance for Submitting a Summer Food Service Program Extension Application in CLiCS  - 9/14/20
    This document provides assistance to school food authorities on the SFSP/SSO application process when using USDA waiver extensions to operate SFSP/SSO.
  • Summer Food Service Program‒Seamless Summer Options SY 20-21 Extension Questions and Answers  - 9/8/20
  • 9/8/20
  • 7/30/20
    This document provides guidance for sponsors to conduct desk audits of a SFSP site.
  • 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

Schools Operating the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

Guidance for Submitting a Summer Food Service Program Extension Application in CLiCS
This document provides assistance to school food authorities on the SFSP/SSO application process when using USDA waiver extensions to operate SFSP/SSO.

Summer Food Service Program/Seamless Summer Options School Year 2020-21 Questions and Answers for Schools

Summer Food Service Program/Seamless Summer Options SY 20-21 Extension Questions and Answers

Summer Food Service Program Memo for Schools

Desk Reviews in the Summer Food Service Program
This document provides guidance for sponsors to conduct desk audits of SFSP sites.

Sample Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Lunch and Breakfast Menus
Sample 5-day cycle lunch and breakfast menu for Seamless Summer Option (SSO).

Sample Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Bag Lunch and Breakfast Menus
Sample 5-day cycle bag lunch and bag breakfast menus for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Household Consent for Home Delivered Meals from an Open SFSP/SSO Site
Use this form to gain household consent to deliver meals to children's homes when operating an open Summer Food Service or Seamless Summer site.

Household Consent for Home Delivered Meals from a Closed Enrolled Site
Use this form to gain household consent to deliver meals to children's homes when operating a closed enrolled Summer Food Service or Seamless Summer site.


Schools Operating the School Breakfast Program (SBP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Afterschool Snack Program

Memorandum of Understanding to Provide Meals to Open Enrolled Students

The following agreements are for use between two School Food Authorities (SFA) participating in School Nutrition Programs (SNP) when one SFA desires to authorize another SFA to provide reimbursable meals to enrolled students during distance learning periods related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Two options are available:

Option 1 – Enrolled District/School Claims Meals for Reimbursement: Used when the district the student is enrolled in is asking another district to provide meals for their student(s) and will be claiming the meals for reimbursement.

Option 2 – Local District/School Claims Meals for Reimbursement: Used when the district the student is not enrolled in will be providing meals and claiming the meals for reimbursement.

Additional School Nutrition Program documents

National School Lunch Program Fall 2020 Questions and Answers for Schools

Guidance for Parent/Guardian Meal Pick Up for NSLP/CACFP Fall 2020
Guidance for NSLP and/or CACFP sponsors when parents or guardians are picking up meals for children.

Household Consent for Home Delivered Meals through the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Programs
Use this form to gain household consent for meals that will be delivered to students' homes.


General Guidance for School Food Authorities

How to Maintain a Strong School Breakfast Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This document provides tips for increasing school breakfast participation when students are in the school building and when they are in a distance learning model.

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.

Template Memorandum of Understanding Between School/District and a Third Party Entity Delivering Meals to Homes during a School Closure due to 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).