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  Waiver Memo for School Breakfast Program and Smart Snacks
USDA has announced that no waivers will be granted for the School Breakfast Program and Smart Snacks requirements that go into effect July 1, 2014.  >>
  Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Age/Grade Group Meal Pattern Portion Sizes Waiver
The form SNP-104, Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Age/Grade Group Meal Pattern Portion Sizes Waiver, has been posted in TX-UNPS under "Download Forms."  >>
  Universal Breakfast Waiver
The form SNP-103, Universal Breakfast Waiver, has been posted in TX-UNPS under "Download Forms."  >>
  NEW! Farm to School Grant Funding
USDA has announced the next round of Farm to School Grant funding, to assist eligible entities in planning and implementing programs that improve access to local foods in schools.  >>
  Mentor's Generosity Ensures Students at a Houston Elementary School Get a Hot Meal
February 6, 2014 -- A mentor at Valley Oaks Elementary in Houston paid off the negative balances of students’ meal accounts after being inspired by the story of children at a Utah school having their meals thrown away because there were no funds in their accounts.  >>
  RECALL: Beef Tongue Products
National Beef Packing Company, a Dodge City, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 690 pounds of beef tongue root filet products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.  >>
  RECALL: Fran's Fryers Raw Poultry
November 13, 2013 -- Fran's Fryers of Milford, Texas, is recalling approximately 251 pounds of various raw poultry products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.  >>
  RECALL: Possible Listeria Contamination in Certain Reser’s Fine Foods Products
Oct. 22, 2013 – Reser’s Fine Foods, of Topeka, KS, is recalling approximately 22,800 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  >>
  Update on USDA Food and Nutrition Service Operations: Child Nutrition Programs
October 23, 2013 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a memorandum to announce that Federal Fiscal Year 2014 funds have been appropriated, to January 2014, for federal programs including Child Nutrition Programs.  >>
  RECALL: Ground Beef Products
Sept. 19, 2013 – Central Valley Meat Company, of Hanford, Calif., is recalling 58,240 pounds of ground beef that may contain small pieces of plastic. In Texas, only Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and Houston ISD are affected by this recall.  >>

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