Latest Coronavirus Updates
Summer 2021 Operations

COVID-19 Guidance

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.
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.

On March 9, 2021, USDA extended several nationwide waiver flexibilities for the summer meals programs until school resumes at the end of summer. These waiver extensions apply to SFSP and SSO only. Waivers for CACFP have not been extended beyond June 30, 2021 at this time.

The extended waivers include: 

  • Meal Service Times 
  • Non-Congregate 
  • Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-Up
  • Meal Pattern Flexibility (SSO only)
  • Area Eligibility 
  • Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites
  • First Week Site Visits
  • Offer Versus Serve (OVS)

Starting June 1st, information on locating summer meals via the Meal Mapper and 211 Texting Tool will be available at

More to come!

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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Commissioner Sid Miller

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