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)

School Nutrition Program Resources

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