CACFP Meal Pattern Flexibility Waiver
The USDA issued a nationwide waiver to allow meal pattern flexibility to CACFP institutions and facilities experiencing disruptions in providing safe access to meals or the availability of food products resulting from the impacts of COVID-19. This waiver is effective until June 30, 2021.
If your family center is currently experiencing difficulty purchasing one or more components of the meal pattern requirements, request approval from DPI by completing this form. You must attempt to purchase different food products to meet meal components throughout this period, since they may or may not be available at different times.
Call the 4C Food Program to complete the survey to request for meal pattern flexibilities.
Extended Nationwide CACFP COVID-19 Waivers: Non-congregate Feeding (Off-site Meals), Parent Pick-up of Meals, & Meal Service Time Flexibility
On June 25, 2020, USDA extended three CACFP nationwide waivers through June 30, 2021 in order to continue supporting access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19.
Non-congregate Feeding: Allows providers to distribute meals off-site to their enrolled children by pick-up and/or delivery. (Must also be approved for the Meal Service Time Flexibility waiver.)
◾ In order to allow pick-up of meals at the provider’s child care, they must also be approved for the Parent Pick-up of Meals waiver.
◾ If delivering meals to their enrolled children’s homes, the provider must obtain their families’ written consent to receive delivered meals from them.
Parent Pick-up of Meals: Allows enrolled children’s families to pick up their meals at the provider’s home. (Must also be approved for the Non-congregate Feeding and Meal Service Time Flexibility waivers.)
Meal Service Time Flexibility: (Must also be approved for Non-congregate Feeding waiver.)
◾ Allows meal service time flexibility for meals distributed off-site to be served outside of the provider’s regular meal times
◾ Enables providers to distribute up to a week’s worth of meals to enrolled children at a time.
All other CACFP regulations must be met. Providers may only claim meals distributed to their enrolled children. Required menu and meal count documentation for submitting claims must be maintained.
Go to the Non-congregate Feeding section of the CACFP FDCH Sponsors COVID-19 Question and Answers for additional requirements for these waivers at:
Food program staff are still available for your questions or concerns by email or by phone.
Please continue to submit monthly claims or related food program paperwork by email, fax, USPS mail, online or use our office drop box at the gray metal door located in the front of our office.
Stay Healthy and be Well!
4C Food Program
1736 N 2nd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Cell 414-828- 5686