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CACFP COVID-19 Waivers and Flexibilities

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The Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services has received approval from USDA Food and Nutrition Services of waivers to support access to nutritious meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approved USDA and State Waiver Requests

USDA has extended the following nationwide flexibilities to ensure America’s children receive the nutritious food they need throughout the upcoming school year as the nation recovers from the coronavirus.  It allows CACFP providers to tailor operations to serve the children in their care. The following waivers will remain in effect through June 30, 2021:

​Approval is not required, but you must complete a survey to notify the State agency that you will participate in any of the three waivers listed above. The survey must be completed even if you submitted a previous survey. 

The Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services has received approval from USDA Food and Nutrition Services of the following waiver requests:​

​USDA has issued the following question and answer documents to provide additional guidance and clarification regarding the Nationwide waivers issued by FNS, related to access to nutritious meals, meal service, and monitoring flexibilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency:

Schools Approved to Provide Meals 

Schools and non-profit organizations across the state have been approved to provide meals during unanticipated school closures under the USDA Summer Food Service Program. To learn more about approved sites, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program webpage. Home providers receiving meals through SFSP cannot claim those meals for CACFP reimbursement. It is recommended providers maintain a separate record to track meals served from other sources.

CACFP Resources 

For more information on the approved USDA waivers during COVID-19 sponsor closures, please contact the CACFP Nutrition Consultant in your region. 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 12, 2020 at 6:01pm.