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COVID-19 Food Resources

Last updated: May 21, 2020

COVID-19 continues to be a source of caution for families, schools, local and state officials. As the health and well-being of our students, employees and community remains our top priority, we are continuing to monitor recommended courses of action and share resources as they become available. Please see below a compiled list of information and resources that is continuously being updated by our team.

Please find regular updates from the Tennessee Department of Education here: Update on Coronavirus.

Food Resources

1.     School Nutrition: COVID-19 Guidance

2.     Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions

3.     Meal Pattern Flexibility Form

4.     Nutrition Program Updates 

5.     Area Eligibility Form

  • The USDA announced flexibility for programs when schools close and announced a feeding program collaboration. 
  • School Meal Finder
  • Mid-South Food Bank: COVID-19 Response
  • The Food Research and Action Center has a webpage with resources here.
  • No Kid Hungry has resources here and is offering grants to continue feeding students as schools are closed.
  • H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides funding for various related programs.
  • Statewide: The state agency has received a waiver for non-congregate feeding if  schools are closed due to COVID-19, districts will operate the Seamless Summer Option for area eligible sites. If your district would like to utilize the waiver and operate SSO during closures due to COVID-19, please follow these steps;
    • Reach out to Sandy Dawes, State Director of School Nutrition via email Sandy.Dawes [at] tn [dot] gov 
    • Provide  the following information: Names of all schools you plan on providing meals; Type(s) of meal Programs that will be served (NSLP, NSB); Number of students you anticipate serving; What meal distribution method(s) you will be using for school closures due to COVID-19(remember this is for non-congregate feeding of SSO); Methods you will use to ensure proper operation of the program including meal content, meal counts, food safety, oversight, etc.; Methods of communication with families;
    • Complete SSO application in TMAC:  Reach out to your regional consultant; Work with Randa Meade, Office Number (615)-532-0372, or email Randa.Meade [at] tn [dot] gov

For more information check out the following links:

TCSC will continue to update this page as additional resources and updates are made available. Please submit additional information to Joshua Perkins at joshua [at] tnchartercenter [dot] org using the subject: Additional Resources for COViD-19 Webpage.

Thank you, 

The TCSC Team