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COVID-19 Guidance


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTATION
Emergency Operational Cost Reimbursement Program Section 722 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 provides additional funds to State agencies that administer NSLP, SBP, and CACFP. USDA will provide these funds to TDA through two temporary reimbursement programs.
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)
FAQs are being updated extensively in light of recent guidance.
TDA will repost the FAQs here soon once all guidance has been analyzed and addressed.

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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Food Bank CFO Update
Use of CARES Act and FFCRA, processing claims, procedures and more. Watch the video here.

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: 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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