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COVID-19 Intake Forms
Use the information below to complete the appropriate COVID-19-related intake form.

COVID-19 Intake Forms
All Contracting Entities (CEs) operating in Summer 2021 and School Year 2021-2022 must notify TDA if they are opting into the following waivers:
  • Non-congregate meal service
  • Alternative mealtimes
  • No child present/Parent pick-up
  • Offsite Monitoring
  • Offer vs Serve Waiver (for Senior High Schools only)
Use the following chart to identify the form you need to submit:
 Form Purpose Which CEs Need To Complete the Form  Type of Data
 Name and
URL for Form
Are you planning on using, modifying or discontinuing use of the following waivers in Summer 2021 and/or School Year 2021-2022:
  • Non-congregate meal service
  • Alternative mealtimes
  • No child present/Parent pick-up
  • Offsite Monitoring
  • Offer vs Serve Waiver (for Senior High Schools only)
Any CACFP, NSLP, SBP, SFSP, or SSO operator
  • Which flexibility will implemented, modified or discontinued?
Declare or Decline Meal Service Options Waiver Form

Instructions for Declare or Decline Meal Service Options Waiver Form
Do you need to request an area eligibility waiver for SFSP sites?
Any SFSP operator that wishes to serve in-need-populations at open, area ineligible sites.

Note: SSO Operators are automatically approved for area eligibility waivers in Summer 2021 and SY 2021-2022.

Area Eligibility Waiver Request for Summer 2021
Do you need to request one of the targeted meal pattern waivers available in PY 2021-2022?
Any NSLP/SBP, SSO, or CACFP operators, as needed

    • NSLP/SBP, and SSO – Age/grade waiver; milk variety waiver; sodium, whole grain, and vegetable sub-group requirement waivers
    • CACFP - whole grain, ounce equivalents, and flavored milk requirement waivers
Targeted Meal Pattern Flexibility Form

Targeted Meal Pattern Flexibility Options

The targeted meal pattern flexibilities provided for this school year are to be utilized as needed. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) expects CEs will seek to meet meal pattern requirements to the greatest extent possible. TDA will consider requests that are targeted and justified with demonstrated need based on plans to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis.

Click here for the Targeted Meal Pattern Flexibility Gateway Form
, which allows CEs to submit requests for the following flexibilities:
  1. Age/Grade Group Meal Pattern Waiver (NSLP/SBP and SSO Only)
  2. Sodium Target Notification Form (NSLP/SBP and SSO Only)
  3. Targeted Meal Pattern Flexibility Waiver (CACFP, NSLP/SBP and SSO Only)
See below for additional resources about the Targeted Meal Pattern Flexibility Options:

Area Eligibility Waivers

TDA has updated the Area Eligibility Request Form for Summer 2021.

If a CE wants to operate a Summer 2021 SFSP site that is not area eligible, but with a significant low-income population, the SFSP CE may apply for approval to operate an open site that targets that high need population during the COVID-19 public health emergency by submitting the Area Eligibility During Summer 2021 Intake Form.

CEs with area eligibility waiver requests for their open sites that were previously approved for SY 2020-2021 or Summer 2020 are not required to resubmit this form for those sites if they remain open to the community during Summer 2021 operations.

However, if a CE with a previously approved waiver wants to operate new open sites under the waiver, it must submit the Area Eligibility Intake Form for those sites. Waivers granted will remain in effect through September 30, 2021 or the start of SY 2021-2022, whichever occurs first.

Note that closed enrolled sites will not be approved for an area eligibility waiver during Summer 2021.  For summer 2021 operations, CEs that want to operate a closed enrolled site must follow the standard eligibility requirements for closed enrolled sites.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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