Food Bank Resources
Utilizing Regulatory Flexibilities

Waivers

TDA has requested waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service related to to TEFAP and CSFP during the coronavirus pandemic. USDA has approved TDA's request for a waiver allowing for:

  • Retroactive distribution of Commodity Supplement Food Program (CSFP) food packagesThis approval will allow for the distribution of June food packages in July for those unable to receive packages due to site closures related to COVID-19.

No other federal waivers have been issued. All other federal regulations remain in effect. A summary of required waiver forms available here
CSFP Operations Intake Form

Please complete this intake form to utilize flexibilities provided by USDA related to CSFP operations.

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Civil Rights Training Resources

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.


TEFAP Operations at School Sites

If a Food Bank is operating TEFAP at a school campus that is also offering meals please email TDA at CommodityOperations@TexasAgriculture.gov.

Guidance and Resources




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
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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