Coronavirus Updates for Contracting Entities
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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.

Please look at the Latest News section just below for the latest updates to guidance!


Meal Service Options for School Year (SY) 2020-2021
USDA issued a nationwide waiver allowing Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Operations to operate during the 2020-2021 School Year, providing the choice for Texas contracting entities to operate the National School Lunch Program or one of the summer feeding programs.

School Food Authorities that have not submitted applications or any applicable intake forms related to their program choice and waiver usage should contact TDA immediately. Note that SFAs were required to notify TDA of their program choice by October 31, 2020.

Based on current USDA guidance, which is subject to change, TDA has developed guidelines for each option available to the school districts and community organizations. Please refer to the applicable Resources page below and continue to check the COVID-19 FAQ for School Year 2020-2021 frequently, as updates are ongoing.


Note that USDA reserves the right to withdraw this approval subject to the availability of funding.


Updated 10/16/2020




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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: How to File a Complaint, 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:

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