SNA COVID-19 Policy Updates

updatesSNA continues to advocate on behalf of members working to safely serve students during COVID-19 closures. Keep an eye on this section to stay updated on the latest policy and legislation news.

Advocacy Feedback Form 

Due to the number of emails and calls concerning COVID-19, we respectfully ask that you submit your feedback and concerns through this short poll. Receiving feedback in this way will allow us to more accurately advocate on your behalf. If you have specific policy questions on meal service requirements you may contact the SNA Government Affairs and Media Relations team at advocacy@schoolnutrition.org. Thank you for your hard work! 

Summary of USDA FNS Waivers and Guidance

This SNA resource provides links and summaries of USDA FNS school nutrition program guidance for meal service during COVID-19 school closures.

Federal Updates

  • SNA has developed a Q&A on the Maryland court’s decision to vacate the USDA’s Final rule on Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements. SNA will continue to work with USDA and Congress to ensure the flexibilities are restored. 
  • On April 27th, SNA joined 36 allied organizations in a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees advocating for funding to help offset financial losses for school meal programs. 
  • SNA is  urging USDA to restore school meal flexibilities vacated by the April 13th federal district court ruling on USDA’s 2018 Final Rule Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements. 
  • SNA has joined numerous allied groups in sending two letters to USDA. Both letters contained concerns and recommendations of our members, including waiving Area Eligibility requirements, to ensure access to healthy meals.
    The first letter asks for the authority to broadly grant waivers to support the provision of meals in communities throughout the country.
    The second letter requests additional nationwide waivers, including waiving area eligibility requirements, to ensure access to healthy meals during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • On March 27, Congress passed a $2 trillion relief package, the CARES Act, including items that will impact feeding programs.
  • On March 18, the President signed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Among other provisions, the bill provides USDA authority to issue nationwide waivers that may increase the cost to the federal government.
  • At SNA’s LAC, Secretary Perdue announced waivers that would allow SFAs enrolled in SFSP and SSO to serve meals in a non-congregate setting. A complete list of available waivers are available on USDA’s website.
  • As schools began COVID-19 related closures, SNA acted quickly by sending a letter to USDA outlining proactive measures to maintain student access to healthy meals.

State Updates

USDA Child Nutrition Program State by State COVID-19 Waivers 
View this page on the USDA website to see which USDA waivers have been approved in each state.

Interactive Map

The interactive map below provides a list and summary of each state’s COVID-19 legislation. 


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