Whole-Child Nutrition

Whole-Child Nutrition

School Nutrition Programs in School Year 2020-2021

One of the highest priorities for Ohio’s child nutrition program, which is fundamental to supporting the whole child, is to ensure students receive nutritious meals in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) waivers during school year 2020-2021 allow in-school and non-congregate take-home meal service with a parent/guardian pickup option through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Integrated Student Supports is developing school year 2020-2021 child nutrition guidance and resources.

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USDA Waiver Requests

The Ohio Department of Education is requesting the following school year 2020-2021 waivers from the USDA.
  • Potable Water Waiver: A waiver to the requirements under 7 CFR 210.10(a)(i) and 7 CFR 220.8(a)(1) that schools must make potable water available and accessible without restriction to children at no charge in the place(s) where breakfasts and lunches are served during the meal service.
  • Activity Requirements in the Afterschool Care Child Nutrition Programs Waiver: waiver to the requirements under sections 17(r)(2)(B) and 17A(a)(2)(C) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1766(r)(2)(B) and 42 U.S.C. 1766a(a)(2)(C), respectively, where afterschool meals and snacks must be served in a school or program with an educational or enrichment purpose and FNS regulations at 7 CFR 210.10(o)(1)(ii) and 7 CFR 226.17a(b)(1)(ii) and (iii) stating eligible schools and at-risk afterschool care centers to serve afterschool meals and snacks in a structured and supervised environment, with an educational or enrichment activity.
  • Oversight and Monitoring Waivers: a waiver to the requirements under 7 CFR 210.18(c) timing of National School Lunch Program Administrative Reviews, 7 CFR 210.19(a)(5) National School Lunch Program Food Service Management Company (FSMC) review cycle, 7 CFR 225.7(d)(2)(ii)(A) Summer Food Service Program requirement to review new sponsors within the first year of operating, 7 CFR 225.7(d)(2)(ii)(E) Summer Food Service Program requirement to conduct reviews of at least 10 percent of each sponsor’s sites or one site, if that’s greater, 7 CFR 225.7(d)(2)(ii)(B) Summer Food Service Program requirement to annually review sponsors whose reimbursements count as half the aggregate from the previous year, 7 CFR 225.7(d)(6) Summer Food Service Program requirement to inspect FSMC facilities onsite, 7 CFR 226.15(e) Child and Adult Care Food Program recordkeeping requirement, 7CFR 226.6(m)(6) frequency and number of required institution reviews, and 7CFR 210.8(a)(1)& 220.11(d)(1) SFA reviews by February 1. 
  • Verification Waiver: a waiver to the requirements under 7 CFR 245.6a (c), 7 CFR 210.15 (a) and 7 CFR 210.15 (b) requiring Local Education Agencies that have shifted to the Seamless Summer Option or Summer Food Service Program to conduct the annual verification process and for all LEAs to complete the verification report in school year 2020-2021.​
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