Food and Nutrition Waivers

The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. USDA defines the rules and regulations for the program operations.  Periodically, the USDA revisits the program rules and regulations and allows certain flexibilities or waivers. To apply for flexibility or a waiver, click on the survey link following the flexibility or waiver listed below.

Confirmation Review Official Waiver Application

USDA requires all Local Educational Agencies to conduct a verification process on a sample of free and reduced price student meal applications collected in a school year. Prior to any other verification activity, a Local Educational Agencies official, other than the official who made the initial eligibility determination, must review each approved application selected for verification to ensure that the initial determination was accurate. This requirement is waived (annually) if the Local Educational Agencies uses a technology-based system that demonstrates a high level of accuracy in processing an initial eligibility determination. To apply for the Confirmation Review Official Waiver Application, please click here.   

​​Age/Grade Group Separation Waiver (Residential Centers)

To obtain waiver to the National School Lunch Program age/grade group separation requirements for planning and serving school breakfast and lunch program reimbursable meals, please send a written request or email to Brigette Hires, Office of Nutrition.


The Ohio Department of Education is requesting the following school year 2021-2022 waivers from the USDA.
Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Snacks for Children Waiver: School year 2021-2022 waiver to the requirements under section 19 of the NSLA [42 U.S.C. 1769a] which requires schools participating in the FFVP to make fresh fruits and vegetables available to students.

5-Year Administrative Review Cycle for FY 2023-FY 2027 Waiver: Request to waive the 3-year Administrative Review requirements under 7 CFR 210.18 and allow for a 5-year review cycle for the Administrative Reviews.


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Last Modified: 9/21/2021 2:19:23 PM