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Coronavirus Updates for Contracting Entities

COVID-19 Guidance


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTATION
COVID-19 Intake Forms TDA is requiring all program operators utilizing COVID-19 waivers to submit information to USDA regarding waiver usage. Refer to this page to identify which forms are required based on your program and elected waivers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Summer 2022
Operations FAQ (UPDATED 7/29/2022)
School Year
2022-2023 FAQ
(UPDATED 10/05/2022)
CACFP COVID-19
Operations PY 2022-2023 (UPDATED 10/24/2022)

Latest News


Updated 8/29/2022

USDA released Back to School Resources to help schools support healthy choices with ready-to-go resources.


Updated 7/1/2022
Effective immediately, through the end of summer, SFSP and SSO operators are now allowed to use the following flexibilities:
      • Non-congregate feeding
      • Meal service time flexibilities that allow bundling of meals
      • No child present/parent pick-up
      • Offsite monitoring

CACFP operators may utilize offsite monitoring waivers through June 30, 2023. Currently, CACFP operators may only use non-congregate, meal time, and parent pick-up flexibilities in the event of a specific COVID-19 incident.

 

For all of the flexibilities described above, Contracting Entities must submit the applicable opt-in form located on the COVID-19 Intake Forms page (note that the opt-in form for Summer non-congregate feeding is under development and will be posted soon; SFSP and SSO operators may begin using these waivers prior to submitting the form). 

For the latest information on these waivers and others being issued as part of the Keep Kids Fed Act, please read the applicable FAQs posted above.

Resources - Grab-and-Go Meals are Back

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These resources will help sponsors in their efforts to provide widespread communication about how to find a summer site and the availability of grab-and-go service. All materials are provided in English and Spanish.

Grab and Go Parent Flyer Grab-and-Go Meals are Back for Summer - Parent Flyer
Sites can use display this flyer to tell families meals are available for Grab-and-Go service or print the parent flyer and hand out to families. Available in English and Spanish.

Grab and Go Yard Sign
Grab-and-Go Meals are Back for Summer - Yard Signs
Yard signs make it easier for families to get to a site and these provide additional information regarding grab-and-go pick up. Available in English.

Grab and Go Poster
Grab-and-Go Meals are Back for Summer - 11x17 Poster
This poster provides information about how to find a site along with grab-and-go messaging. Available in English and Spanish.
Grab and Go Web Banner
Grab-and-Go Meals are Back for Summer - Web Banner
Sites can use  this banner on web sites and electronic communications to help communities learn more about summer meals and the availability of grab-and-go service. Available in English and Spanish.


Grab and Go Social Distancing Grab-and-Go Meals are Back for Summer - Social Distancing Packet
Sites can use this packet as a handout or poster to tell families meals are available for Grab-and-Go service. Review the packet and choose the English and Spanish version of the flyer that matches your site's Grab-and-Go meal model. Available in English and Spanish.

Grab and Go Parent Pickup Grab-and-Go Meals are Back for Summer - Alternative Pick Up Model
These images make it easy to provide messaging regarding the availability of grab-and-go meals. Available in English.



Additional Resources and Guidance


Team Nutrition’s Back to School Resources


USDA Food and Nutrition Service Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response
 - Find out more about specific program flexibilities for federal nutrition programs.

School Nutrition Association Emergency Planning Resources - SNA will continue to seek the most up-to-date information about the virus and provide it to members as appropriate. 

Texas Department of State Health Services - Information for communities and other specific groups on how to prepare and take action for COVID-19.

Texas Education Agency - Support and guidance page provides information about school closures, a recap of the superintendents' call and other resources.

Department of Homeland Security


Need Assistance? Contact Us


TDA understands the disruption that school and child/adult care facility closures is causing across the state of Texas. We are working diligently to create new resources and tools to assist you with continuing to feed Program participants during this trying time. If you can’t find what you need on this page or one of the Program Resources pages to the left, please contact 877-TEX MEAL or email squaremeals@texasagriculture.gov for assistance.

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, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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