Hurricane Laura
USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
Updated 8/31/2020 - USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending a suite of nationwide waivers for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the end of 2020, or until available funding runs out. This includes:

  • Allowing SFSP and SSO meals to be served in all areas and at no cost;
  • Permitting meals to be served outside of the typically-required group settings and meal times;
  • Waiving meal pattern requirements as necessary; and
  • Allowing parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children.

TDA is working closely with USDA to obtain additional guidance regarding the operational impact of these waivers. All NSLP operators are encouraged to attend the TDA School Webinar on Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm for updates on this matter. To join the webinar please use this link.

For more information, click here.


The Texas Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Division is working to provide its partners in USDA food and nutrition programs with all the information they need to operate as shelter to accommodate displaced Texans and resume meal service operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

As more information become available, this page will be updated as soon as possible.

Feeding During an Evacuation
Some local authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders during Hurricane Laura making it impossible to reach kitchens and prepare meals. There is no expectation to serve meals in this situation even if education is continuing via distance learning during the evacuation.

Serving as a Shelter
Entitles that are operating as an approved shelter should follow guidelines available here.

Resuming Meal Service Operations
Once the immediate aftermath of the storm and emergency feeding ends, school and childcare centers may resume meal service operations. Entities that are having challenges resuming meal service are encouraged to contact TDA at Squaremeals@TexasAgriculture.gov



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

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