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Summer Food Service Program

Public Notice- Summer Food Service Program Waiver Requests

On October 11, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided guidance regarding the status of nationwide waivers of statutory and regulatory requirements in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) (SFSP 01-2019), Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Recession.

The Office of School and Community Food Programs of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has submitted State SFSP waiver requests to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the USDA, for the SFSP flexibilities and policies that were rescinded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) through SFSP 01-2020 Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Rescission.  The following areas have been submitted for consideration:

·         MSDE Waiver Request 1- Policy waiving some meal time restrictions, specifically duration limits and elapsed time requirements 7CFR §225.16(c)(1),  and 7CFR §225.16(c)(2).

·         MSDE Waiver Request 2- Policy waiving Offer Versus Serve (OVS).  7CFR §225.16(f)(i)(ii).

·         MSDE Waiver Request 3-Policy waiving first week monitoring requirements 7 CFR 225.15(d)(2).

·         MSDE Waiver Request 4-Policy waiving closed enrolled site eligibility requirements. 7 CFR 225.15(f).

The goal of these waivers is to reinstate the rescinded flexibilities and polices to allow for SFSP sponsors to administer efficient and cost-effective programs and to reduce the administrative burden both for the MSDE and SFSP sponsors.

For more information please call 410-767-0199.

About the SFSP

During the school year, nutritious meals are available to students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP); however, these programs are not administered throughout summer, when schools are not in session.   The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federal program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made available to eligible areas and children to ensure that children receive nutritious meals throughout the year.  This program merges summer activity programs with a federal meal reimbursement program.

USDA overview of the Summer Food Service Program 
Meal Pattern