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Supply Chain Assistance Funds

Funding Eligibility

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RESOURCES
In school year 2021-2022, many schools have been experiencing unprecedented challenges in purchasing and receiving food through their normal distribution channels. TDA is distributing additional Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) funds to eligible Contracting Entities (CEs) to be used exclusively to purchase unprocessed or minimally processed domestic food products in cases where CEs have experienced unanticipated cancellation of food and supply contracts, reduced availability of certain foods, unexpected substitution of certain products, unpredictable increases in food and supply prices, and other obstacles related to pricing and/or availability.

CEs that include public, charter, and private nonprofit schools, and Resident Child Care Institutions (RCCIs), are eligible for SCA funding if they meet the following criteria:
  • Currently operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP) - including the NSLP Afterschool Snack Program and the Seamless Summer Option.
  • 25% of the students enrolled in the district as of February 2020 were qualified for free or reduced-price meals.
  • Encountered supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency; and
  • Faced financial difficulties as a result of those supply chain disruptions.
Initial Distribution Payments
TDA began processing distributions in March 2022, to all eligible CEs that completed the Attestation of Eligibility form by March 4, 2022. Distributions will continue throughout March as CEs continue to submit Attestations for the initial distribution. The payment reference for these distributions is “SCA 2022 CEID XXXXX”. A detailed listing of CE distributions can be found here - Listing of SCA Payments Issued to CEs.
How to Receive Funding
  1. Review the Supply Chain Assistance Funding FAQs (see Resources above) for detailed information on criteria for eligibility, calculation of funding allotments, rules for SCA fund spending, reporting requirements, and other important details. 
  2. Ensure your CE is listed on the Calculated Allotments of SCA Funding for CEs Meeting 25% Free/Reduced Enrollment report (see Resources above). If your CE is not listed on this report, refer to Exemption Request Process below.
  3. Complete and submit the Attestation of Eligibility for Supply Chain Assistance Funding form (see Resources above) no later than March 4, 2022.
  4. TDA will begin distributing funding in March. Note that TDA may reach out to you for more information regarding your Attestation prior to distributing funds.
  5. Record SCA funding using TEA Revenue Code 5939 (Federal revenue passed through a state agency). Schools that use enterprise funds will use 7954 (USDA Commodities).

SCA Exemption Request Process
For CEs not listed on the Calculated Allotments of SCA Funding for CEs Meeting 25% Free/Reduced Enrollment report, TDA will provide exemptions on a case-by-case basis to CEs that provide adequate justification that the CE needs SCA funds to mitigate supply chain disruptions and for whom economic impacts in their communities during the public health emergency may not be reflected in the February 2020 free and reduced-price enrollment data.

CEs must complete and submit the SCA Funding Exemption Request Form (see Resources above) by March 4, 2022, if they wish to become eligible for initial allocation or reallocation amounts in the future. If approved, TDA will notify CEs of the calculated allotment for which they are eligible. CEs approved for an exemption must then submit the SCA Funding Attestation form in order to receive funding.



Reallocation
After initial distribution, any funding left over will be reallocated. TDA is currently developing the reallocation process and will inform CEs via this page, the FAQs, statewide calls, and newsletters once that process is ready. Note that reallocated funds will be subject to the same limitations on scope/usage and recordkeeping requirements that apply to funds that were offered initially (i.e. funds may only be used for the purchase of domestic unprocessed or minimally processed foods to support the NSLP/SBP meal service).

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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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