CACFP Resources

Utilizing Regulatory Flexibilities

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USDA has issued the regulatory waivers to increase flexibility in operating the Child Nutrition Programs during the COVID-19 outbreak. To implement flexibilities, please fill out the waiver forms available here.

summary of required waiver forms available here

Hot Topics

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Civil Rights Training Resources 4/21/20

Below are two resources that summarize states’ Civil Rights obligations when interacting with customers and providing services to all potentially eligible and program participants. These documents should be disseminated to appropriate staff and volunteers during this time. Note that these documents do not serve as a replacement for the annual training requirement. Contracting entities should make every effort to ensure that staff receive proper training as soon as possible.


No Child Present Guidance

USDA has approved for State Agencies to develop a plan to allow parents to pick up meals without their children present. Contracting entities must notify TDA of their intent to utilize this option by completing this intake form. Refer to our quick reference one-pager for more information on this waiver, and contact your Education Service Center for additional guidance.

Hot Topics entries will be removed from this section once fully incorporated into the Meal Service Operations FAQ from TDA. Please refer to the FAQ for additional policy guidance.




Guidance and Resources

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 The following documents provide policy and procedures for implementing Non-Congregate Feeding in Texas:



Webinar Information

  

Updated 6/4/20
The TDA webinar for community organizations recorded on June 4, 2020, is available here.

The TDA webinar for community organizations recorded on May 21, 2020, is available here.

The TDA webinar for CACFP and SFSP partners recorded on May 7, 2020, is available here.

The TDA webinar for CACFP and SFSP partners recorded on April 30, 2020, is available here.

 The TDA webinar recorded on April 23, 2020, is available here

TDA webinars on March 18, March 26, April 2 and April 9, 2020, provided up-to-date guidance for CACFP and SFSP partners. On April 11, USDA issued new guidance that rendered some of the information provided in the webinars and the resources created afterwards obsolete. To keep all information on this site current, TDA has removed the links to the webinars and related documents. Click CACFP COVID-19 Meal Service FAQ for the most current information and answers to questions presented in the webinars.


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: 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

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.




Texas Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Sid Miller