COVID-19 Child Nutrition Programs

​COVID-19 Child Nutrition Programs 

Key Information

  • Superintendent of Maryland Public Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon, with the consent of the State Board of Education, ordered public schools to close effective March 13, 2020, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. On March 25, 2020, Dr. Salmon, who is now retired, and The Board extended the temporary school closures until April 24, 2020.  On April 17, 2020 school closures were extended until May 15, 2020.
  • The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs (OSCNP) and Maryland schools and sponsors are committed to continuing meal service for children and teens during the temporary school closures.
  • Maryland schools and agencies are offering free 'Grab-N-Go' meals, in a non-congregate setting through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

    View Maryland Local School System Reopening Plans.

Waivers

The Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs of the Maryland State Department of Education submitted a waiver request to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the USDA requesting a statewide waivers detailed below.

Definitions

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP); School Breakfast Program (SBP); National School Lunch Program (NSLP); Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Waiver Requests

​Date Waiver Submitted
​Child Nutrition Program(s) Affected
​Specific Program Requirements Requested to be Waived
​Purpose of Waiver
​Status
​March 9, 2020
​SFSP
​7 CFR 225.6(e)(15)
​Allow non-congregate meal service
​National Waiver Issued
​March 14, 2020
​SFSP
​7CFR 225.16 (3)(i)(ii)
​Allow service of up to three meals and one snack each day
​Denied
​March 18, 2020
SFSP
​7CFR 225.5 (a)(b)(c)
​Reduce site eligbility to at least 40% qualifying for free or reduced meals 
​Approved
​March 20, 2020
​SFSP
​7CFR 225.16 (d)(1)(2)(3)
​Allow for variation in meal pattern requirements in the event of supply chain disruption or limited product availability
​National Waiver Issued
​March 24, 2020
​SFSP
​7 CFR 225.6(e)(15)
​Allow parent and/or guaridan pick up of meals for child(ren)
​National Waiver Issued
​March 29, 2020
​SFSP
​7CFR 225.5 (a)(b)(c)
​Reduce site eligbility to at least 30% qualifying for free or reduced meals 
​Approved
​May 8, 2020
​FFVP
​​Section 19(a) NSLA(42 USC 1769a)
​Allow parent and/or guardian pick up of FFVP for child(ren)
​Approved
​June 4, 2020
​SFSP
​7 CFR 225.2;  7 CFR 225.6(c)(3)(i)(B);  7 CFR 225.14(c)(3);  7 CFR 225.6(c)(2)(i)(G);  7 CFR 225.6(d)(1)(i);  7 CFR 225.16(b)(4)(c)
​Request an extention of the March 18, 2020 waiver submission
​Approved
​June 15, 2020
​CACFP, NSLP
7 CFR 226.17a(b)(i-iii)
​Allow service of At-Risk meals during summer
​Denied
​June 23, 2020
​NSLP, SBP
7 CFR 210.18
​Allow for a 5-year Administrative Review Cycle
​Approved
​July 22, 2020
​NSLP, SBP
7 CFR 210.10(a)(1)(i);  7 CFR 220.8(a)(1)
​Waive the requirement of potable water availability
​Denied
​July 24, 2020
​SFSP
7 CFR 225.16(d)(1)(2)(3).
​Allow for variation in meal pattern requirements in the event of supply chain disruption or limited product availability
​National Waiver Issued
​July 28, 2020
​NSLP, SBP
7 ​CFR 210.30; 235.11(g)
​Waive required number of annual training hours for staff
​Denied
​August 5, 2020
​CACFP, NSLP
​Section 17(r)(2)(B);  17(a)(2)(C);  42 U.S.C. 1766(r)(2)(B);  42 U.S.C.1766(a)(2)(C);  7 CFR 210.10(o)(1)(ii);  7 CFR 226.17a(b)(1)(ii) and (iii)
​Waive activity requirement for afterschool meals
Denied
​August 13, 2020
​NSLP, SBP
7 CFR 210.10 (c)(1);  7 CFR 210.10 (f)(1-4);  7 CFR 220.8 (c)(1);  7 CFR 220.8 (f)(1-4)
​Waive requirement of age/grade meal pattern requirements 
​Covered under existing waiver
​August 19, 2020
​FFVP
​Section 19(a) NSLA(42 USC 1769a)
​Allow for non-congregate service
Approved
​August 19, 2020
​FFVP
​7 CFR 225.6(e)(15)
​Extension of previously approved waiver for non-congreagate meal service
Approved
​August 19, 2020
​SFSP
​7 CFR 225.2;  7 CFR 225.6(c)(2)(i)(G);  7 CFR 225.6(c)(3)(i)(B);  7 CFR 225.6(d)(1)(i);  7 CFR 225.14(c)(3);  7 CFR 225.16(b)(4)
​Extension of previously approved waiver for area eligibility
​National Waiver Issued
​August 19, 2020
​SFSP
​7 CFR 225.6(e)(15)
​Allow parent and/or guaridan meal pick up for child(ren)
​National Waiver Issued
​August 20, 2020
​FFVP
​Section 19(a) NSLA(42 USC 1769a)
​Allow for FFVP service at non-elementay schools
Approved
​April 1, 2021
​SFSP
7 CFR 225.2 and 225.7 (d)(l)(i)
​Sponsors that Successfully Participated in the Summer Food Service Program in FY 2019 to Operate as Experienced Sponsors in FY 2021
​National Waiver Issued
​June 24, 2021
​FFVP
Section 19(a) NSLA(42 USC 1769a)
Allow parent and/or guardian pick up of FFVP for child(ren)
Approved


Implemented Waivers

MSDE has implemented all waivers issued and approved by the USDA to permit schools and agencies in Maryland to continue meal services for children and teens during the temporary school closures.

Click the document below to review the Summary of Federal and State Waivers.

Simlified Waiver Summary

View the detailed waiver summary.


Data Summaries

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Click the document below to view the historical summary
COVID Non-Congregate Meals Data Summary-Week 24 Summary PDF

Previous Weekly Summaries

Week 7
   


Highlights

Governor Hogan honors School Lunch Heros in a statewide proclamation.  On May 2, 2020, Governor Hogan issued a proclamation honoring Maryland's child nutrition staff for their continued steadfast commitment and innovation to provide nutritious meals for all children during the regular school year as well as during school closures related to the COVOD-19 pandemic emergency.

 School Lunch Here Day (May 1,2020) State Proclamation