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). Schools operating the Seamless Summer Option or National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program for school year 2021-2022 can submit meal pattern waiver requests via the survey link which will be available starting August 16, 2021 on the Seamless Summer Option School Year 2021-22  page. 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 the child nutrition program sponsor (not a program site or foodservice management company).

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


Below are additional Food and Nutrition resources related to COVID-19. Check back often, as resources are updated as new information becomes available.

School Nutrition Program Resources

School nutrition resources for operation of the Seamless Summer Option School Year 2021-22 have been moved to a separate webpage.

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

Fall 2021 At-Risk Guidance for Non-School Sponsors and Sites
As CACFP At-Risk Centers in the non-school community plan afterschool programming for children in the fall of 2021, this guidance document describes the use of COVID-19 flexibilities to offer nutritious meals while safely and successfully reopening.

  • Off-Site Monitoring for Program Year 2022: Child and Adult Care Food Program  - 8/23/21
  •  - 8/10/21
    This document provides guidance for providing meals to parents/guardians while operating the Seamless Summer Options and Child and Adult Care Food Program in a non-congregate model.
  •  - 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
  • 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.