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Meal Service Options for Fall 2020
On August 31, 2020, USDA issued a nationwide waiver allowing Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Operations to continue to operate through December 31, 2020, providing the choice for Texas contracting entities to operate the National School Lunch Program or one of the summer feeding programs through the end of 2020.

Based on current USDA guidance, which is subject to change, TDA has developed guidelines for each option available to school districts and community organizations. Please refer to the information below and continue to check the COVID-19 FAQ for School Year 2020-2021 frequently, as updates are ongoing.

Note that USDA reserves the right to withdraw this approval subject to the availability of funding.

Options for School Food Authorities (SFAs)
SFA may start serving immediately upon making their decision regarding the meal program they want to implement. Only those SFA’s choosing to implement a non-congregate meal service model in an area that is less than 50% F/R need prior TDA approval.

Although SFAs do not have to wait for TDA approval in most instances, they must notify TDA of their choice. Intake forms are required to utilize all waivers. Applications must also reflect the option the SFA has chosen. Claims can only be paid once an application is approved.
Child Nutrition Program Options Additional Information
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)/School Breakfast Program (SBP)


Afterschool Programs
  1. Afterschool Care Program (ASCP)
  2. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk)
  • If the SFA chooses to operate NSLP, the decision applies districtwide. An SFA may not operate both NSLP and a summer program at the same time.
  • SFAs operating NSLP may operate the afterschool programs.
Seamless Summer Option (SSO)


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)


CACFP At-risk
  • If the SFA chooses to operate the SFSP/SSO, the decision applies districtwide. An SFA may not operate both a summer program and the NSLP at the same time.
  • Non-congregate sites can immediately operate in locations that are area eligible. SFAs wishing to operate non-congregate service in a non-eligible area must submit an area eligibility waiver request to TDA.
  • Closed enrolled congregate SFSP/SSO service at schools is allowed for enrolled students regardless of the school's area eligibility per COVID-19 flexibilities and under the following parameters:
    • SFAs operating closed enrolled service in eligible areas must ensure that an open, non-congregate option is available to its remove students and other children in each feeder pattern area.
    • SFAs operating closed enrolled service in non-eligible areas are required to notify TDA.
  • SFAs participating in summer feeding programs may operate CACFP At-risk.
  • Each non-congregate SFSP/SSO site must have a "CV" designation in its site application to distinguish congregate and non-congregate service sites. Multiple sites may be necessary to record various options utilized. Refer to the FAQs more information.

Options for Non-School Entities
Child Nutrition Program Options Additional Information
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
  • Non-school entities may not operate SFSP in districts that have elected to serve NSLP.
  • If a non-school entity plans to serve a different meal type than the SFSP/SSO meals served by a nearby SFA (for example, snack and supper), it may be approved to operate SFSP in that area. Note that two summer feeding sites cannot operate at the same address, and proximity rules apply.
  • Each non-congregate site must have a "CV" designation in its site application to distinguish congregate and non-congregate service sites. Refer to the FAQs more information.
  • SFA applications for SFSP/SSO will be prioritized over non-school entity applications.
  • CEs should not operate prior to TDA approval. Meals served prior to TDA approval may not be reimbursed.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk
  • CACFP At-risk may only be operated in areas where NSLP is operated. If the SFA switches to a summer program, the non-school entity At-risk operator must cease At-risk service in those areas unless it partners with an SFA to serve At-risk meals at the school's distribution site.
  • SFA applications for CACFP At-risk will be prioritized over non-school entity applications.
  • The non-school entity may be able to switch to SFSP to serve eligible areas not served by an SFA.
  • TDA will assess options for additional areas on a case-by-case basis if an unmet need in the community is validated.

For more detailed guidance on how these options work, please refer to the FAQs posted on this webpage.

Updated 9/15/2020

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