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CDE Application

COVID-19 Child Nutrition Programs Meal Pattern Waiver

Nutrition Services Division

Approved waivers are valid through September 30, 2021
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued policy guidance flexibility allowing program operators of the following programs to request waivers for the requirement to serve meals that meet the mandated meal pattern during the public health emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Note that as a result of the Appropriations Act of 2021, flavored 1% milk may be served without a waiver through September 30, 2021.
Approved meal pattern waivers are valid through September 30, 2021 for the following Child Nutrition Programs (CNP):
  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
    You are required to answer all questions in this application unless they are noted as optional. This application must be completed and submitted online prior to adopting the flexibilities allowed under the waiver.

    If you previously applied for a waiver, you do not need to submit another waiver unless you have additional meal pattern requirements that need to be waived.
    For assistance with completing this application, please contact the NSD by email at
    If you need to submit a Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern waiver, please review the new requirements, including the updated CACFP Meal Pattern Waiver application, on the CACFP tab at COVID-19 Guidance in the Child Nutrition Programs.

    Waiver Request

     Select the CNP you will be operating under this waiver? (Select at least one and all that apply.)

    Agency Information

     Please provide one or both of the following identification numbers to submit this application:    
     Please provide the required agency identification information below:
     Vendor Number may include 5 digits and a letter 'Z' at the end (example 12345Z) OR 4 digits with a letter 'C' or 'A' at the beginning and a letter 'Z' at the end (example A1234Z or C1234Z)