Waivers for Summer Meal Programs
Deadline Exemption/Waiver Topic
and Purpose
Explanation and
Guidance in the Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM)
  • Opens Nov. 1
  • Closes Jan. 31
Summer Mandate:
SFAs who are mandated must submit their intent to operate a summer feeding program (SSO, SFSP or Partner with another SFA) or submit a waiver. Waiver Purpose - Seek approval to opt out of mandated requirement to serve a summer meal program.

Section 11, Summer Meals
  • Opens May 1
  • Closes August 31
Seamless Summer Option Age/Grade Group Meal Pattern Portion Size:
Waiver purpose - Seek approval to serve only one age/grade group meal pattern at a summer meal site.

Section 11, Summer Meals

SSO Age/Grade Group Portion Size Waiver  Maximize 

Traditional Waivers in SFSP – Questions and Answers  Maximize 

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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
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