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Child Nutrition Program

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is preemptively seeking the discretion to waive meal pattern requirements for Child Nutrition Program sponsors continuing to serve meals during the state of emergency.

The waiver would allow MDE to grant individual exceptions to Child Nutrition Program sponsors that are experiencing a disruption in food supply and are unable to serve meals that meet federal meal pattern requirements.

Child Nutrition Program sponsors need to request exceptions from the MDE. Upon approval of the waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), further guidance will be issued to Child Nutrition Program sponsors in Michigan.

For questions about Michigan’s Child Nutrition Programs, contact the Office of Health and Nutrition Services’ Director, Diane Golzynski, at 517-241-5374 or