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CDE Application

COVID-19 Child Nutrition Programs Area Eligibility Waiver

Nutrition Services Division

The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow program operators in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Child and Adult Care Food Program Afterschool Care Component (CACFP At Risk) to request a waiver for the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) area eligibility and closed enrolled area eligibility requirements during the public health emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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.
This waiver is valid until September 30, 2021. If a public health emergency continues beyond September 30, 2021, the CDE will provide updates on how to proceed with these waivers.
If you previously applied for a waiver, you do not need to submit another waiver unless you have additional meal sites that need to be waived, or you need a waiver for a different CNP.    
Please complete this waiver application no later than June 30, 2021, in order to avoid any interruptions to your ability to use these flexibilities.
For assistance with completing this application, please contact one of your NSD program analysts below:

Waiver Request

 Select the CNP you will be operating under this waiver? (Select at least one and all that apply.)
 Note: The CACFP At Risk waiver expires June 30, 2021.
 Which of the following COVID-19 CNP Area Eligibility waivers are you requesting? (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)