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June 29, 2020 - FNS Extends All WIC Waivers Through September 30

The waivers for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

June 25, 2020 - FNS Announces Child Nutrition Flexibilities Through Next School Year

Flexibilities include those around meal patterns, group-setting requirements, meal service times, parent/guardian pick-up, and a new waiver of “offer versus serve.” The waivers will apply through June 30, 2021.

June 17, 2020 - USDA Office of Inspector General Identifies Management Challenges for Department’s Pandemic-Related Responsibilities

Among them: FNS Needs to Strengthen Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Management Controls.

June 11, 2020 - FNS Posts Handouts on Providing Multiple Meals at a Time During the Pandemic

June 10, 2020 - FNS Extends Nationwide Waivers for Child Nutrition Programs

June 8, 2020 - USDA Updates Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) State Data

Figures include approved applications that have been forwarded for payment processing. The data will be updated weekly and are now available on FFIS’s COVID-19 state allocations spreadsheet.

June 8, 2020 - FNS Posts Memo on State Options for SNAP Management Evaluations Disrupted by COVID-19

June 5, 2020 - FNS Posts Q&A Regarding Food Service Management Company Contracts and Allowable Costs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 4, 2020 - FNS Issues Q&A on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education (SNAP-Ed) During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 29, 2020 - FNS Releases CARES Act Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Allocations

May 27, 2020 - FNS Posts 12-Page Handout on Providing Multiple Meals at a Time Through the Seamless Summer Option

May 22, 2020 - FNS Publishes New Guidance Q&As:

May 21, 2020 - FNS Publishes Details of Nationwide Waiver Extensions

May 19, 2020 - FNS Publishes New Guidance Q&As:

May 18, 2020 - FNS Publishes WIC Guidance on Treatment of CARES Act Payments in Income Determinations

May 15, 2020 - WIC Extends COVID-19 Waivers Through June 30

May 15, 2020 - USDA Extends Three Nationwide Waivers for Child Nutrition Programs Through Summer

May 6, 2020 - FNS Posts Requirements for Retailers Wishing to Provide Online Purchasing to SNAP Households

April 30, 2020 - FNS Issues Blanket Quality Control Waiver for March, April, May 2020

April 30, 2020 - FNS Posts Guidance on Reporting COVID-19 Data for Child Nutrition Programs

April 27, 2020 - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Makes $3 Billion Available for Purchasing Food 

The funds are available for the purchase and distribution of fresh produce and dairy and meat products for individuals facing challenges due to COVID-19. AMS will invite prospective food vendors (including governmental organizations) to submit responses to a Request for Proposals (RFP).

April 21, 2020 - FNS Updates Guidance for States on Emergency Allotments for SNAP

April 20, 2020 - USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) Releases Plan for COVID-19 Spending Oversight

April 17, 2020 - USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The program will include direct support to farmers and purchase of produce, dairy and meat for distribution to food banks and other organizations.

April 17, 2020 - FNS Allowing Remote and Extended Benefit Issuance for WIC

April 17, 2020 - FNS Able to Waive WIC Minimum Stock Requirements

April 17, 2020 -FNS Posts State Allocations for Families First Act TEFAP Funding

April 16, 2020 - FNS Posts Guidance on Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

April 15, 2020 – FNS Posts FAQs Page Regarding All Food Programs During COVID-19

April 13, 2020 - USDA Approves First States, Michigan and Rhode Island, for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer

April 11, 2020 - FNS Releases Q&A Memos on Nutrition Programs During the Pandemic

April 10, 2020 - FNS Issues Denial of Certain Requests to Adjust SNAP Regulations

April 9, 2020 - FNS Waives 60-day Reimbursement Claims Deadlines

April 3, 2020 - USDA Posts Online Tool for Finding Kids Free Meals During School Closures

March 31, 2020 - FNS Posts Flexibilities for TEFAP Agencies

March 31, 2020 - FNS Posts Handwashing and Cleaning Instructional Resources

March 27, 2020 - USDA Announces Additional Nationwide Flexibilities for Food Programs

March 26, 2020 - FNS Waives Monitoring Requirements

March 26, 2020 - FNS Adjusts SNAP Interview Requirements

March 25, 2020 - FNS Waives Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines for School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

March 24, 2020 - USDA Flags Scams Targeting SNAP

March 21, 2020 - FNS Posts Child Nutrition Waivers by State

March 20, 2020 - FNS Publishes Nationwide Waivers of:

March 20, 2020 - FNS Publishes Guidance on:

March 17, 2020 - FNS Announces Feeding Partnership for Rural Schools

USDA will deliver meals to students in certain rural schools. It will prioritize students in areas with active COVID-19 outbreaks who do not have access to a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site.

March 17, 2020 - FNS Publishes COVID-19 Meal Delivery FAQ

The document outlines meal delivery options available through the SFSP and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO).

March 6-7, 2020 - FNS Approves Waivers for California and Washington School Lunch Programs During COVID-19 Closures

FNS also posted brief guidance on such waivers.

February 26, 2020 - FNS Posts Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet

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Updated July 1, 2020