CACFP Resources

CACFP Non-Congregate Intake Form

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In order to implement Nationwide Non-Congregate Feeding Waivers in CACFP, Program operators need to submit their intent to participate, along with additional information, using the following Intake Form.

No Child Present Waiver Guidance

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Updated 3/29/20
USDA has approved for State Agencies to develop a plan to allow parents to pick up meals without their children present. Contracting entities must notify TDA of their intent to utilize this option by completing this intake form. Refer to our quick reference one-pager for more information on this waiver, and contact your Education Service Center for additional guidance.

Guidance on Non-Congregate Feeding at CACFP Sites

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In response to Nationwide Waivers allowing meal service flexibilities at CACFP sites during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Texas Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Texas CACFP Sponsor’s Association, provides the following policy and procedures for implementing Non-Congregate Feeding in Texas:

 

 

Note: To maintain Program integrity, sites must inform parents/guardians that children may not receive the same meals from another federally supported feeding site. Sites must display the Duplicate Meals Poster that explains the prohibition of receiving duplicate meals.

Recorded Webinar - TDA Update 3/26/20

Recorded TDA Update for Community Organizations Webinar - March 26


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hank you for attending this webinar. We received 300+ questions and will post responses, by category, as soon as possible.

Recorded Webinar - Meal Serving Options

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Important Information for CACFP CEs

Updated 3/16/20.

TDA has requested waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service during the coronavirus outbreak. The status of USDA waivers can be found here. TDA will update this webpage with further instructions to utilize any approved waivers.

Update from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Updated 3/17/20
CACFP stakeholders may have received a message from the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on 3/16. In order to allow CACFP sponsors to operate a non-congregate meal distribution, USDA must approve a waiver approving such action. No waiver has been received by TDA at this point.

Emergency Relief Grants Available

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Updated 3/17/20
No Kid Hungry is offering real time funding and assistance for schools and community organizations that are finding new, innovative ways to make sure kids have access to the meals they need as schools close due to coronavirus. No Kid Hungry is providing emergency grants to support these local efforts like home delivered meals, grab and go meals programs, school and community pantries, backpack programs, and other steps to help reach children and families who lose access to meals. We’re providing $1 million in emergency grants immediately.

If your organization needs funding to support these efforts, please submit your interest in receiving emergency grant funds: https://www.nokidhungry.org/coronavirus-grant-request.


Frequently Asked Questions

Udpated 3/17/20
  • Where can I find more information about waivers requested by TDA to USDA?
    • Please click here for more information
  • Are administrative reviews still occuring this year?
    • Reviews are being suspended or postponed. TDA will be notifying impacted CEs.
  • Is the TDA MegaCon Conference still happening?
    • MegaCon has been cancelled until 2021
  • Who can I contact if I have an idea to ensure meal service can continue during the coronavirus outbreak that requires a federal waiver of CN regulations?


Food Safety Reminders

  

As a food service professional, you and your organization already employ food safety and sanitary practices that will help keep customers safe.

Click here for information.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



Texas Department of Agriculture
Commissioner Sid Miller