SN News & Events 05.19.2022 - Civil Rights Update *ACTION REQUIRED* 3.30.2022 - CEP Reporting and Election Deadlines 03.2022 - North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition Waiver Requests 05.23.2022 - Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer Option Programs Waiver Request - Non-Congregate Meal Service for Outdoor Summer Meal Sites Experiencing Excessive Heat Goal: Allow NCDPI to grant summer meal sponsors operating outdoor meal service at sites without a temperature-controlled alternative to provide a non-congregate meal service on days when the area experiences excessive heat or other exceptional circumstances. 2021 Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer Option Waiver Requests The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) announced today that it will request statewide waivers from the Food and Nutrition Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) of statutory and regulatory requirements in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), in accordance with federal guidance. The waivers relate to the SFSP flexibilities and policies that were rescinded through Policy Memoranda SFSP 01-2019, Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Rescission; SFSP 03-2020, Meal Service During Unanticipated School Closures and the March 23, 2000, Policy Memorandum on determining sponsors for the current year administrative review schedule. The following waivers have been submitted to the USDA for consideration: Waiver Request 1 Waiver of first week SFSP site visits for School Food Authorities and other sponsors in good standing, which operated experienced sites in good standing without a lapse in participation Waiver Request 2 Waiver extending area eligibility to closed enrolled sites for SFSP and SSO. Waiver Request 3 Waiver of meal-time restrictions; specifically, the minimum amount of time that must pass between meals and snacks and the duration of the meal service, with approval to be determined by the NCDPI on a case-by-case basis for SFSP and SSO. Waiver Request 4 Waiver to extend SFSP Offer versus Serve to SFA and other sponsors, approval to be determined by the NCDPI Waiver Request 5 Waiver to allow school sites to serve meals for reimbursement during unanticipated school closures in SFSP and SSO. The goal of these waivers is to reinstate the rescinded flexibilities that allow for efficient and cost-effective program management and to reduce the administrative burden for sponsoring organizations and the State Agency. Waiver Request 6 Waiver to allow NCDPI and sponsors to conduct site/sponsor administrative reviews off site in the SFSP and SSO.