Nutrition

The Agency of Education Child Nutrition Programs administer federal programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program, which provide nutritious meals and snacks in schools, childcare settings, summer program sites and adult day centers. The Agency provides program sponsors with guidance, technical assistance, training, monitoring and evaluation to ensure that every program receives the maximum federal and state funding available and operates in compliance with federal and state requirements.

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Civil Rights Requirements of the Federal Child Nutrition Programs

School Food Authorities and program sponsors are required to administer child nutrition programs in accordance with all non-discrimination laws, regulations, instructions, policies, and guidance. This includes annual training on civil rights in child nutrition programs. Trainings can be accomplished by reviewing the training PowerPoint or watching the webinar. 

USDA-FNS Policy Memos

Child Nutrition Program Procedures


Public Notices and Waivers

Waiver related to the Unitized Meal requirement in SFSP, SSO and CACFP during the COVID-19 Outbreak

The state agency is seeking a waiver to allow bulk distribution of meals that do not meet the unitized meal requirement.  Bulk distribution of food items (i.e. a loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter, instead of 5 sandwiches.) would allow Program operators to provide households with the necessary food items to meet meal pattern compliance in the required portion sizes, limiting the additional work needed to prepare unitized meals. This would also reduce the amount of time food service staff spend in close contact with one another, to maintain the health and safety of foodservice personnel during unanticipated school and center closures due to COVID-19. 

Waiver related to serving meals during previously scheduled Breaks occurring during an Unanticipated School Closure

The Vermont Agency of Education is seeking a waiver of USDA guidance requiring schools to “cancel” their previously scheduled breaks and holidays in order to allow continuous meal service during an unexpected school closure.  There is already significant confusion in the public around the expectations for remote learning during this time period, and requiring the school to “cancel” the break during the closure period for the purposes of the Child Nutrition Programs will only serve to add more confusion.  Requiring schools to specifically “cancel” previously scheduled breaks is an inefficient use of limited school resources during an emergency situation.  

Waiver related to CEP deadlines during COVID19 outbreak

The Vermont Agency of Education is seeking a waiver of for the dates established in 7 CFR 245.9(f)(5)(i)-(xi) for the LEA to establish the number of students who are directly certified as of April 1, and to select to participate or renew participation in CEP by June 30.  In addition, AOE is seeking a waiver for the dates established in 7 CFR 245.9(f)(6)-(8) for the state agency to notify the LEA of their eligibility, and conduct public notification, using data as of April 1.     - Granted through Nationwide Waiver on March 26, 2020

Waiver related to area-eligibility requirements in the SFSP and SSO

The Vermont Agency of Education is applying for a waiver of the area eligibility requirement in SFSP [42 U.S.C. 1761(a)(1)(A)(i)(I)] that defines area eligibility as an area where at least 50% of the children have been determined eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.  The AOE is seeking to provide continuity of meal service to children 18 years and under during unanticipated school closures due to COVID-19 that reside in a non-area eligible location.     - Granted on March 29, 2020

Waiver related to location of meals served in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

The Vermont Agency of Education is applying for a waiver of requirement found in Section 4(b) and Section 13(a)(1) of the National School Lunch Act that school meals be served at school.  The state agency is seeking to allow schools operating the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program during a dismissal the flexibility to deliver meals to students homes or other sites in the community for pick-up.

Waiver related to 60-day Claim Submission Deadline in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Vermont Agency of Education is applying for a waiver of the requirement found at 7 CFR 226.10(e). The State agency is seeking to allow flexibility with late claim submissions beyond the 60-day claim submission deadline during center closures and staff shortages due to COVID-19.

Waiver related to meal pattern compliance in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Vermont Agency of Education is applying for a waiver of the requirements found at 7 CFR 226.20(a)(i), 7 CFR 226.20(a)(ii), 7 CFR 226.20(a)(iii), 7 CFR 226.20(a)(iv), and 7 CFR 226.20(a)(4)(i)(A). The State agency is seeking to allow flexibility with meeting meal pattern requirements for the type of milk served at meals and flexibility with meeting the whole grain-rich requirement during COVID-19 in areas with extensive food shortages.    - Granted through Nationwide Waiver on March 25, 2020

Waiver related to congregate feeding requirements in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Vermont Agency of Education is applying for a waiver of the Congregate Feeding Requirements found in 7 CFR 226.17(b)(9) and 7 CFR 226.19a(a)(11). The State agency is seeking to provide continuity of meal service to low income children and older adults during unexpected day care center closures due to COVID-19, and to support social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by allowing meals and snacks to be served in non-congregate settings.     - Granted through Nationwide Waiver on March 20, 2020

Waiver related monitoring requirements in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Vermont Agency of Education is applying for a waiver of the requirement found in 7 CFR 226.16(d)(4) and 226.16(d)(4)(iii). The State agency is seeking to provide flexibility with meeting the monitoring requirements during COVID-19 to support social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by allowing monitoring visits to be suspended during this time.     - Granted through Nationwide Waiver on March 27, 2020

Waiver related to congregate feeding requirements and timing requirements in the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option

The Vermont Agency of Education is applying for a waiver of the Congregate Feeding Requirements found in 7 CFR 225.6(e)(15), and the timing requirements found in 7 CFR 225.16(c)(3), 7 CFR 225.6(d)(1)(iv). The state agency is seeking to provide continuity of meal service to low income students during unexpected school closures and student quarantine due to COVID-19, and to support social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by allowing meals to be served in non-congregate settings.     - Granted on March 13, 2020

A list of additional Nationwide Waivers related to COVID-19 can be found on the USDA COVID-19 Website

Other Public Notices and Waivers

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Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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