USDA Extends SFSP/SSO Waivers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended all Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waivers through as late as December 31, 2020, dependent on available funding. The move allows schools to offer meals to all children at no charge this fall to minimize the challenges of meal service during a pandemic. The waivers that have been extended include: Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities for SFSP, First Week Site Visits for SFSP, Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites for SFSP and NSLP, Time Restrictions in the SFSP and NSLP, Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals, Non-congregate Feeding in the SFSP and NSLP, Meal Pattern Flexibility in the SFSP, Extend Area Eligibility Waivers, and Allow SFSP and SSO Operations through December 2020. This announcement came less than one week after SNA's Board of Directors hosted a call with USDA officials to share urgent feedback from schools that have seen dramatic declines in student lunch participation in the opening weeks of school, leaving meal programs in dire financial circumstances. Read more in SNA’s press release.