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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 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
Has your school closed unexpectedly, and you are still wishing to serve students during the closure via SSO?
Any NSLP/SBP or SSO operators at schools that have closed and are not operating any instruction, including remote learning.
  • Dates of SSO operation during an unanticipated school closure
  • Was service offered at the closed school or an alternate site?
Unanticipated School Closure Notification 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:

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:

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
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