NSLP Resources

Utilizing Regulatory Flexibilities

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.

A summary of required waiver forms available here.

Hot Topics


Updated 6/1/2020

SFSP and SSO Sponsors: Required Record Keeping in TX-UNPS
On May 18, TDA provided guidance to Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors regarding immediate recording keeping actions that needed to be taken in TX-UNPS. Additional details can be found here.

NEW! No Child Present Guidance for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

USDA has approved for State Agencies to develop a plan to allow parents to pick up meals without their children present for FFVP. This is in addition to the guidance already released for SFSP, SSO, and CACFP. 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.

CDC Guidance Webinar 
The Institute for Child Nutrition presented a School Nutrition S.T.A.R. Program webinar -- Strategies and Resources for School Nutrition Professionals to Implement the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Latest Guidance Related to COVID-19 on May 28. 

A panelist from the CDC discussed the latest guidance specific to school nutrition and COVID-19. Kansas State University's Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs also provided research-based methods to apply in your operations to help keep food safe this summer. Click here to watch the recording.

-n-Go USDA Foods for Further Processing

Many CEs are operating under an alternate feeding method in response to COVID-19. TDA has compiled a list of available Processor Grab-n-Go end products that are easier to utilize during this disruption. CEs currently ordering USDA Foods for further processing can utilize their inventory balances with processors to reduce food costs by ordering these end products; drawdown their current balances; and assist with feeding.

Please contact your co-op coordinator or processor to order.

USDA Foods School Survey

TDA requested feedback from CEs who participate in the further processing of USDA Foods to help TDA, processors, and distributors prepare for the upcoming school year. A list of the responses we received from CEs can be found here.

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.

Recorded Webinars for Schools


USDA Foods School Survey


TDA requested feedback from CEs who participate in the further processing of USDA Foods to help TDA, processors, and distributors prepare for the upcoming school year. A list of the responses we received from CEs can be found here.

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

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