Health and Nutrition Services is committed to providing timely and accurate information through our COVID-19 Communications to ensure all Child Nutrition Program Operators are able to stay informed with all COVID-19 guidance released by USDA and ADE.
The ADE is accepting applications from School Food Authorities and experienced Community Organizations for the Summer Food Service Program now through December 31, 2020. All sites must be located at non-profit organizations. For-profit enrolled sites (including for-profit child care centers) are not eligible for SFSP and are encouraged to apply for CACFP for Child Nutrition Program support.
USDA has released several waivers that apply to different Child Nutrition Programs. Program Operators have the ability to opt in to the following waivers below for the Child Nutrition Program being operated. Elections and approvals under the initial SFSP/SSO waivers for Parent Pickup, Distribution Plan for Multiple Days and Area Eligibility Waiver (starting in March) are valid under this SFSP/SSO extension (September-December); no further action is needed. If a Program operator has been approved for the Parent Pickup and Distribution Plan for Multiple Days waivers under NSLP for SY 2020-2021, these elections and approvals do not apply for SFSP/SSO. The Meal Pattern Waiver must be submitted and approved on a case-by-case basis.
Per USDA, ADE may reimburse SFAs under the Summer Food Service Program for meals served since the beginning of the school year. This webinar will review the procedures for School Food Authorities to appropriately claim these meals in CNPWeb.
Health and Nutrition Services COVID-19 Communications - School Food Authorities: To Transition to SFSP or Not to Transition? - September 21, 2020
Whether you are brand new to operating the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or are a seasoned pro, you may be wondering if transitioning to SFSP or the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) is the right choice for your school and community. Join us at our next webinar where we will discuss things SFAs may want to consider when choosing which program(s) to operate for the remainder of 2020, including:
Simplified vs. SSO
Open sites vs. closed enrolled sites
Meal service models
Afterschool Snack and At-Risk
Provision 2/3 Base Years
ADE strongly encourages all SFAs attend this webinar, whether you have already decided to transition to SFSP or are still on the fence!
USDA Q&A on SFSP/SSO Operations through December - September 16, 2020 Webinar
USDA has released the following Questions and Answers in response to supporting schools operating Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) in School Year (SY) 20-21 during COVID-19. This memorandum provides clarification on questions related to non-congregate enrichment activities for After School Care Snack Program (ASCSP), and At-Risk Afterschool Program, potable water requirements, and broadening the allowance of meal pattern flexibilities.
ADE is hosting a webinar to review this guidance and will be joined by a representative from USDA Southwest Regional Office. There will be reserved time at the end of the webinar for questions.
School Nutrition Programs COVID-19 Communications – Serving and Claiming Meals at District-run Daycares/Learning Pods - August 25, 2020
ADE is hosting a webinar to review the ways in which schools can serve and claim meals and snacks for students attending a district-run daycare and/or learning pod. There will be reserved time at the end of the webinar for questions.
School Nutrition Programs COVID-19 Communications – Feeding Distance Learners in SY 20-21 - August 13, 2020
This webinar will provide a summary of the available Child Nutrition Programs. By the end of this webinar, attendees will understand the intent of each program and how they may be operated in a school setting.
School Nutrition Programs COVID-19 Update (3240) - July 6, 2020
Today, USDA announced the award of $4.1 million in FY 2021 Team Nutrition Training Grants to State agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program. These grants will assist States in helping schools offer meals supported by recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences.
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide updated guidance for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors on available waivers for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic and the procedure to notify the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) of their decision to opt into the use of the extended waivers.