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SB376 -- Universal Breakfast

Overview

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Senate Bill 376  (83rd legislature) requires that school district campus or an open-enrollment charter school participating in the national school breakfast program in which 80 percent or more of the students qualify for a free or reduced-price breakfast to offer a free breakfast to each student.  SB 376 text is available at http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/SB00376F.pdf#navpanes=0.

 

Click here to download our explanatory brochure about the new requirement.

 

Campuses wishing to opt out of offering breakfast at no cost must seek a waiver. You can find instructions on how to obtain a waiver at:

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How will I be notified that I must participate in universal breakfast? Superintendents and Child Nutrition Directors receive an email each January with a link to a secure master list of campuses that met the criteria listed in SB 376.  The CE will be able to filter the list provided to them to see which of their sites are required to serve Universal Breakfast.
  2. How can I apply for a waiver? Waivers are submitted in TXUNPS. The waiver form is open from March 15 through June 30 each year.
  3. Do I need to apply for a waiver annually? Yes, TDA will determine whether campuses’ meet the 80% free & reduced threshold annually; campuses that meet this criteria must apply for the waiver annually.
  4. When will I receive notice that I have been approved for a waiver? Waivers will be provided as soon as possible. Waivers will be officially approved by the Texas Education Agency; however notification of the waiver approval will come via the Texas Department of Agriculture.
  5. How can I participate in Universal Breakfast? Schools have several options to offer universal breakfast. Please visit our Community Eligibility Provision page for more information.
  6. Where can I find more information? Please contact your local ESC for more information. 
  7. Click here for a list of current campuses required to participate.

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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

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COMMISSIONER SID MILLER
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