Some Minnesota schools will be able to provide meals for students via home delivery, based on a new waiver issued by the USDA to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).
- This waiver allows Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors in good standing to operate open sites in areas approved by MDE.
- School Food Authorities (SFAs) that have school sites with 30 percent or more free or reduced-price eligible students will be prioritized to participate in SFSP as open sites.
Priority SFAs received an email from MDE Food and Nutrition Service on April 10 with information on applying. Once the prioritized sites have applied, MDE will open the process to other sites.
Evidence of increased economic hardships for the families of children being served at the site must be provided to receive the waiver, unless the percentage of free or reduced-price eligible students is 45 percent or higher.
Sites with 45 to 49.9 percent FRP eligible students will be approved for the waiver without additional evidence.
Read Area Eligibility Policy and Procedures for more information.
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