We know supply chain challenges are happening across the United States and may continue for some time. You may be experiencing labor and staffing challenges, product shortages, transportation, and delivery issues and more. Below are some solutions to help you manage these issues.

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Milk Supply Chain Challenge Solutions

Communication – It’s essential for schools and dairy suppliers to effectively communicate any change or adjustment to orders or deliveries (including changes to fat-levels, flavors, quantity, delivery dates/ times).

Utilization of USDA’s Meal Pattern Waiver3

  • FNS waives the requirements to serve meals that meet specified meal pattern requirements during the public health emergency.
  • Schools may request through their State agency a targeted flexibility to waive the normal requirements that –
    • More than one milk variety (fat level or flavor) be offered, and/or
    • Low-fat milk be unflavored
  • State agencies have discretion to determine the justification needed to approve a meal pattern waiver.

Regulatory Flexibility

  • Under 7 CFR 210.10(d)(2), if emergency conditions temporarily prevent a school that normally has a supply of fluid milk from obtaining delivery of such milk, the State agency may allow the school to serve meals during the emergency period with an alternate form of fluid milk or without fluid milk.
  • This does not require a waiver from USDA FNS, but a school needs permission from its State agency.
  • Supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 would be considered a temporary emergency condition for purposes of this flexibility.
  • Schools must have documentation to support its use.