Special Bulletin for April 10, 2020

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Special Bulletin for April 10, 2020

Waiver Summary

A summary of USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) COVID-19 Waivers is now available on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) website. This document will be updated as new waivers are received. You can find more FNS COVID-19 resources on the MDE website.


Area Eligibility Waiver

The USDA issued a waiver to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) related to the restrictions of site eligibility requirements. This waiver allows Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors in good standing to operate open sites in areas approved by MDE. School Food Authorities (SFAs) who have school sites with 30 percent or more free or reduced-price eligible students will be prioritized to participate in SFSP as open sites.

Priority SFAs will receive an email from MDE Food and Nutrition Service on Friday, April 10 with information on applying. Once the prioritized sites have applied, MDE will open the process to other sites. Evidence of increased economic hardships for the families of children being served at the site must be provided to receive the waiver, unless the percentage of free or reduced-price eligible students is 45 percent or higher. Sites with 45 to 49.9 percent FRP eligible students will be approved for the waiver without additional evidence. Read Area Eligibility Policy and Procedures for more information.


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