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Coronavirus Updates for Contracting Entities

COVID-19 Guidance


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTATION
Meal Service Options for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 Based on current USDA guidance, which is subject to change, TDA has developed guidelines on this page for each option available to school districts and community organizations.
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.
CE Compliance Profile Review your current waiver selection.
Meal Pattern Requirement for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 The following meal pattern changes are in effect after a federal court ruling reversed several NSLP/SBP meal pattern flexibilities.
Meal Pattern Status This resource is intended to provide NSLP operators a summary of their chosen meal pattern options on record for Program Year 2020-21.
TDA Task Force
Collaborative Updates
The information provided includes feedback from industry manufacturers, school district professionals, distributors, food bank representatives, and cooperative coordinators.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
COVID-19 FAQ for School Year 2020-2021 (NSLP, SFSP, and SSO) COVID-19 FAQ for CACFP
COVID-19 FAQ for
Household Programs

COVID-19 Waiver and Flexibility Requests


Updated 2/1/2021

The Texas Department of Agriculture is requesting waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service should coronavirus impact operations. Not all waivers are approved; should USDA approve any waivers related to meal service, TDA will update SquareMeals.org/coronavirus with further instructions. CEs should wait until they know the extent of the impact of coronavirus before submitting an application for any released waivers. Click here for all of the waivers submitted and under development, and the status of each.


For a list of nationwide waivers,
click here.

Latest News


Updated 1/29/2021
The location of the intake forms has changed. Use the table above to navigate to the intake forms as well as other important documentation. As always, read the FAQ to stay up-to-date on the latest guidance.

Updated 11/2/2020

In the “Administrative Relief Exceptions for COVID-19 Crisis” Appendix A of OMB Memorandum 20-26 issued on June 18, 2020, recipients and sub-recipients in receipt of COVID-19 funding must separately identify the COVID-19 expenditures on the Schedules of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA), Data Collection Form (SF-SAC), and audit report findings.


FNS incorporated COVID-19 funding into an existing program and Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number and recipients and sub-recipients have been informed of distinguishing the COVID-19 funds from regular sub-awards under the existing program. The information in this section is informing TDA’s sub-recipients of the amount which should be reported separately as COVID-19 Pandemic expenses.

For more information on how to report and the official requirement, please see OMB Memo M 20-26 at the following website: facweb.census.gov

This information does not include Food Banks. TDA continues to process CARES and FFCRA submitted claims for Food Banks.

Updated 8/21/2020
A federal court ruling earlier this year has reversed several NSLP/SBP meal pattern flexibilities. As a result the following meal pattern changes are effective immediately. Click this link for more information.

TDA Task Force Updates

Additional Resources and Guidance


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

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.


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, 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: 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:

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