Supporting Whole-Child Nutrition
During the ordered school-building closure period, schools may continue to receive reimbursement for meals served by participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Schools may operate as open, restricted open or targeted outreach sites. Refer to the map and map site key for available meal service in your area. Contact your school or district for details about their meal programs.
Open – all children ages 1-18 may receive a meals at these sites.
Restricted Open – children ages 1-18 may receive meals at these sites. The daily number of meals served at this location is capped (due to capacity constraints like using a vendor for meals).
Targeted Outreach – These sites are doing targeted outreach of meals. Households may contact the school or district for more information about meal service at these sites.
School Nutrition Programs and Emergency Feeding
One of Ohio’s highest priorities during the ordered school-building closure period, which seeks to diminish the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), is to ensure that students receive nutritious meals. This is fundamental to supporting the whole child. During the ordered school-building closure, all closed schools may continue to receive reimbursement for meals served during the closure under either the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
Schools opting to serve meals during the ordered school-building closure period must complete and submit this Feeding Children During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Unanticipated School Closures Application
. Upon submission, an Education Program Specialist will contact you within one business day to complete and approve the application in the Claims Reimbursement and Reporting System (CRRS)
. The Emergency Feeding Application Process for Schools and Sponsors
provides information for schools during this closure including the application process, non-congregate feeding options available and other considerations.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted the Ohio Department of Education a waiver enabling sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during closures related to the coronavirus.
- Meal Pattern Flexibility Waiver: The USDA now permits states to approve meal pattern substitutions due to inadequate food supply. If a school or site experiences food shortages, contact the Office of Integrated Student Supports immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your Education Program Specialist
- Waiver Request Approval for All School Sites to Operate as Open Sites: The USDA granted the waiver requesting approval to redefine area eligibility for the purposes of operating open sites under either the Seamless Summer Option or the Summer Food Service Program. Ohio Department of Education issued guidance is immediately forthcoming.
The Department is requesting two additional waivers from the USDA.
- Seamless Summer Option Utilizing the Summer Food Service Program Meal Pattern: This waiver would allow School Food Authorities operating the seamless summer option to follow either the Summer Food Service Program or the Seamless Summer Option meal pattern requirements.
- Claim Deadline Extension: This waiver would permit the Department to consider claims for reimbursement submitted late specifically due to coronavirus circumstances to be outside the control of the Sponsor and thus not subject to one-time exception requirements. The Department seeks authority to process and pay these claims for reimbursement without need for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service prior approval.
Last Modified: 4/3/2020 7:08:37 PM