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Waiver Request for Meal Service Requirements during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks

Waivers to Mississippi School Food Authorities to Provide
Meals to Children During Unanticipated School Closures

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Child Nutrition (OCN)

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Waivers to Mississippi School Food Authorities, which are also sponsors of Summer Food Service Programs, to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus. Funding is intended to support waivers that will minimize the loss of meals for low-income children affected by school closures related to the coronavirus. These waivers are available to SFAs in the Southeast Region.

While anticipated or unanticipated school closures impact all students, school closures impact economically distressed, food insecure students most. To proactively address the unique needs of food-insecure children that may be vulnerable to unanticipated school closures, the Mississippi Department of Education received a waiver from the requirement in 7 CFR 225.6(d)(1)(iv), which allows SFSP and SSO sponsoring organizations, in good standing, to serve meals to children during periods of unanticipated school closure.

The Mississippi Department of Education proposes a waiver of regulations at 7CFR 225.6(e)(15) which requires SFSP and SSO sponsors to maintain children on site while meals are consumed. If approved, the waiver will allow the Mississippi Department of Education to approve SFSP and SSO sponsors, in good standing, to provide meals during unanticipated school closures in noncongregate settings. Meals served by sponsors during these school closures would be claimed either through SFSP or SSO (based on the sponsor agreement). All other SFSP or SSO requirements would apply.

Approval of the waiver will also ensure many of Mississippi’s most vulnerable children have access to food while conserving other community resources for other vulnerable populations that may not be served by the School Nutrition programs. Sponsors would be permitted to serve grab-and-go meals if they choose to apply for the statewide waiver. SFSP and SSO sponsors may request to participate in the statewide waiver by notifying the Mississippi Department of Education of their intent to serve non-congregate meals during an unanticipated closure due to the novel Coronavirus. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 188500

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Requested Waiver Time frame:
- Waiver Request Start Date: March 12, 2020 or upon approval of the waiver
- Waiver Request End Date: June 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsoring organizations, operating in good standing, will be approved to participate in the waiver.

Pre-Application Information:

The waiver request end date is June 30, 2020.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mississippi Department of Education-Office of Child Nutrition
Scott Clemens, Director
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0771

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USA: Mississippi: Southeast Region

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