CACFP Waivers

This page lists the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) waivers that have been applied to and made available to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This includes all COVID-19 waivers available in California that program operators can apply for.

Waivers are issued by the USDA to allow program operators and/or state agencies to have certain flexibilities that are not part of the regular CACFP operation. These waivers may be issued during natural, man-made, or public health emergencies, or when other needs are identified that will need to be temporarily remedied. Waivers may also be used as part of a USDA pilot program that might lead to future changes in regulation.

Existing Waivers

Please note that all current nationwide COVID-19 waivers are set to expire on June 30, 2022.

The CDSS has been approved to extend some of the operational flexibilities needed by program operators when limited by the issues created by the public health emergency through June 30, 2023. These extensions include:

  • Waiver 20: Non-Congregate Meal Service
  • Waiver 21: Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-Up
  • Waiver 22: Meal Service Times
  • Waiver 23: State Agency Onsite Monitoring Visits
  • Waiver 24: Sponsoring Organization Onsite Monitoring Visits

Please contact your assigned county specialist for information and instructions on waiver participation.

Pending Waiver Applications

For information about the waiver requests made from the California Department of Social Services to the USDA and for the waiver request protocol, please visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture Waiver Requests page.


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