USDA Flexibilities to Allow SFSP Until as Late as June 30, 2021

On October 9th, 2020, USDA extended multiple nationwide Summer Food Service Program waivers. These extensions mean that districts operating USDA Child Nutrition Programs may have options for feeding students through June 30, 2021. 

  • Districts may continue to operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or switch to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through June 30, 2021. Please note that each program has different regulations and meal counting/claiming requirements. Districts must have an approved MAPS agreement with OPI School Nutrition Programs to operate and claim meals for either program.
  • Here is a helpful resource on Meal Program Options
  • Districts that have already been approved to operate the School Year SFSP may log into MAPS and extend their days/months of operation on the site applications through the end of the school year (or longer if planning to operate next summer).
  • Districts that have not yet signed up to operate the School Year SFSP, but want to make the change must first complete the School Year SFSP Form. Once this form is submitted, you will receive a call from your Regional Specialist  to determine next steps.

The OPI School Nutrition Programs will provide more guidance as soon as possible. We look forward to working with program operators to provide meals in a safe and accessible manner, either through the NSLP or the SFSP. Please contact your regional specialist with questions.


Meal Service Options for School Food Service Closures


Meal Pattern Waiver Survey

The U.S. District Court found a procedural error with the 2018 Final Rule for the Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements (83 FR 63775, December 12, 2018). This means that the following flexibilities are no longer allowed for school year 2020-2021 unless districts opt into the Meal Pattern Flexibility waiver

  • 50% whole grain-rich
  • Low fat flavored milk
  • Sodium Target 1

To keep these flexibilities, districts can opt into the Meal Pattern Flexibility waiver (COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #36, Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs – EXTENSION #4, FNS).


Helpful Links & Resources

Helpful COVID-19 Food Safety Resources

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For more information, contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406-444-2501.

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