SNA Member Resources: Coronavirus Disease

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On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic. SNA is working to provide the most up-to-date information relevant to school nutrition professionals. In addition, we are communicating with the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and Congress as the virus continues to spread throughout the United States.

The resources compiled here are to help you stay informed on this rapidly evolving situation. Please be advised this is all fluid and changing so be sure to rely on your state agencies, local guidance and decision-makers in your district for what plans are appropriate in your community.

USDA Child Nutrition Program State by State COVID-19 Waivers
USDA is updating which waivers have been issued for states.

Stay at Home Orders  

As the United States works to combat the slow of the Coronavirus, multiple states have issued “stay at home” or “shelter in place” orders for non-essential workers. The list below details which states are under the restrictions and if school nutrition programs are considered essential. The listing of states will be updated by SNA on a daily basis.

Alaska – Essential
Arizona – Essential
California – Essential
Connecticut – Essential
Colorado – Essential
Delaware – Essential
Florida – Essential
Georgia – Essential
Idaho – Essential
Illinois – Essential
Indiana – Essential
Kansas – Essential
Louisiana – District Level Decision
Maine – Essential
Maryland – Essential
Michigan – Essential
Minnesota – Essential
Nevada – Essential
New Hampshire – Essential
Minnesota – Essential
Mississippi – Essential
Montana – Essential

New Hampshire – Essential
New Jersey – Essential
New Mexico – Essential
New York – Essential
North Carolina – Essential
Ohio – Essential
Oregon – Essential
Rhode Island – Essential
Tennessee – Essential
Vermont  –  Essential
Virginia – Essential
Washington – Essential
West Virginia
Wisconsin – Essential

Non-Essential Shutdown:
Kentucky – Essential
Massachusetts – Essential

Agency and Organization Specific

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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FNS Response to COVID-19
List of states that have received waiver approvals enabling sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus, and other resources.

FAQs: Child Nutrition Program Meal Service During COVID-19 Outbreaks

Press Release: Secretary Perdue Announces Proactive Flexibilities to Feed Children When Schools Close—March 10, 2020
FNS Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response
USDA Assistance in Government-Wide Coronavirus Prevention Effort, February 28, 2020 (60 min)
Listen in to measures being taken in response to the coronavirus threat as part of an agency wide federal effort, with Secretary Sonny Perdue and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.  

School Nutrition Association COVID-19 Webinar Series
SNA is hosting a series of webinars addressing COVID-19 to support school nutrition operators.

State Agency Guidance
Connecticut Department of Education released COVID-19 Considerations for Emergency Meal Service and Delivery (pdf)

U.S. Department of Education
COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Information for Communities, Schools and Businesses

Education Week
Map: Coronavirus and School Closures
Updated twice a day.

Harvard Health Publishing
Coronavirus Resource Center
Questions and answers from Harvard Medical School

Infectious Diseases Society of America
“COVID-10: What You Need to Know” Podcast—February 28, 2020 (24 min)

National Restaurant Association
Coronavirus Information and Resources
Industry specific factsheet, guidance and best practices.

US Chamber of Commerce
“Understanding the Coronavirus” Webinar—January 27, 2020 (60 min)
With Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who leads CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

SNA COVID-19 Webinar Series
School Nutrition Association COVID-19 Webinar Series
SNA is hosting a series of webinars addressing COVID-19 to support school nutrition operators.

SNA Industry Partner Resources
School Food Handler

  • Updated Standard Operating Procedures for Non-Congregate Feeding in K12 Child Nutrition Operations

SEA Level Social

World Health Organization (WHO)  

General Resources

Emergency Preparedness

Grants Available

Allied Partner Resources

Education Week
Map: Coronavirus and School Closures
Updated twice a day.

Social Media Resources

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