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TDA Releases 10 Revised Administrator's Reference Manual Sections

September 29, 2022 - Several revised Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM) sections for the National School Lunch Program have been posted and released.

TDA Submits Waiver Request to Implement Five-Year Administrative Review Cycle

TDA is requesting a statewide waiver from USDA to implement a five-year review cycle for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. By extending the review cycle to five years, TDA staff will be able to direct additional resources to provide technical assistance, reduce the time needed to conduct the total number of reviews, and allocate additional resources to identify and support the needs of high-risk SFAs.

Verification Begins in October!

September 1, 2022 - Verification begins October 3rd. All CEs must submit the Verification Report, including CEP and P2 CEs.

Requests for Increases in Compensation

August 18, 2022 - Requests for increases in compensation must be reasonable, allocable, and necessary. TDA will consider the following salary increases using SFSP federal funding: 5% for routine annual or merit-based increases and 10% for promotional increases. Job description reviews may occur with promotional increases to ensure that the proposed change aligns with additional duties.

Important Reminders

August 18, 2022 - Important Reminders. Do you meet the SFSP Applicant criteria? Need help navigating TX-UNPS?

Application Packet Processing

August 18, 2022 - Application Packet Processing Timelines, Amendments, Documentation Submission, Budget Detail Review, Meal Time Overlap Error Message, Withdraw From SFSP, Site Application Naming Conventions.

NSLP Program Year 2022-2023 (SY23)

August 18, 2022 - The program year for NSLP is now set to default to PY23. Please take note of the program year in which you are updating the application packet to ensure that the correct program year is being updated.

New Resources for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

August 1, 2022 - The USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative is proud to announce the availability of several new resources for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), including the CACFP Trainer's Tool: Milk Aide, Milk in the CACFP Web Quiz in Spanish, and multiple printed CACFP Meal Pattern Training Worksheets.

RELEASE: Multiple updated CACFP Forms

August 1, 2022 - TDA has revised multiple forms on the CACFP Administration/Forms page on SquareMeals.org.

Open Enrollment

August 1, 2022 - The enrollment period to sponsor new sites is currently open.

Application Deadlines

August 1, 2022 - If you wish to participate in the CACFP for PY 2023 you MUST SUBMIT AN APPLICATION (only complete applications that have no errors will be approved for renewal) FOR RENEWAL via TX-UNPS NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30, 2022.

CACFP Training Resources

August 1, 2022 - Get ready for the upcoming year by training with USDA resources!

RELEASE: New Resource for Collecting Ethnic/Racial Data at Open Sites

August 1, 2022 - TDA has developed a new resource to collect racial/ethnic data of Program participants at open sites. This new resource aligns with the best practices and guidance provided by USDA in recent guidance and provided in TDA's Frequently Asked Questions documents.

Register Now for Team Nutrition Meal Talk: Local School Wellness Policies Webinar on 8/17

August 1, 2022 - On Wednesday, August 17, USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative will present a Meal Talk webinar on Local School Wellness Policies. This webinar will be held from 2 to 3 pm Central Time.

Now Available! Tip Sheet on Crediting Meats/Meat Alternates in Child Nutrition Programs!

August 1, 2022 - This handy reference for Program operators across all Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) is a simple and easy-to-use resource that highlights the basics of crediting for the meats/meat alternates component.

TX-UNPS FDP Upgrade: Demos & Account Access

August 1, 2022 - WBSCM training begins October 2022 for Recipient Agencies (aka CEs) in the pilot group. To prepare, TDA is collecting account access information and hosting a series of short WBSCM demos in August and September.

Flexibilities in the Keep Kids Fed Act during School Year 2022-2023

August 1, 2022 - The Keep Kids Fed Act passed on June 27, 2022, will allow higher reimbursements for meals, meal service flexibilities, and meal pattern flexibilities in the event of COVID-19-related supply chain issues.

RELEASE: Updated Spanish Versions of Household Applications, Letters, and Media Release

August 1, 2022 - Spanish versions of School Nutrition Program (SNP)-related forms have been revised with the updated Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS) as implemented by USDA.

Severe Need Reimbursements for School Year 2022-2023 - UPDATED

August 1, 2022 - As schools return to normal operations, CEs that operated SSO during school year (SY) 2020-2021 may not have the data needed to determine eligibility for severe need breakfast and lunch reimbursements in SY 2022-2023. These CEs may use the most beneficial claims data going back to SY 2019-2020 to qualify for severe need, as outlined in this article.

NEW! Fueling My Healthy Life Nutrition Education for 7th and 8th Grade Students

August 1, 2022 - USDA’s Team Nutrition is excited to announce the release of new Fueling My Healthy Life nutrition education for 7th and 8th grade students. This standards-aligned and inquiry-based collection of educational resources is designed to engage middle school students using a variety of learning styles.

Updated brochures now available from Team Nutrition!

August 1, 2022 - Three Team Nutrition brochures have been updated and are now available online, including the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) brochure, the Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals brochure, and the Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool (PSTTT) brochure.

RELEASE: Multiple Sections of the Administrator’s Reference Manual (ARM)

August 1, 2022 - Update Guide sections located at the beginning of each ARM section provide more information about the topics addressed in each release.

Spanish Versions of Household Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Now Available

TDA has posted Spanish versions of the School Nutrition Program household applications, household letters, and media release prototypes so that districts can immediately begin reaching out to their Spanish-speaking families. These versions include the updated Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS).

USDA Provides Infant Formula Information for CACFP

Updated July 1, 2022; Originally Posted June 17, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has provided information for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators concerned about access to formula and their options for safely feeding infants in their care. These questions and answers support CACFP operators and the families they serve during the ongoing infant formula shortage due to supply chain issues, which worsened due to a major formula recall in February.

Non-congregate Feeding, Offsite Monitoring, and Other Flexibilities Now Available!

July 1, 2022 - Per the recently passed Keep Kids Fed Act (KKFA), TDA can now use its approved statewide waivers to allow all SFSP and SSO sites to resume non-congregate service, no child/parent pickup, and offsite monitoring flexibilities without those waivers being related to a specific COVID-19 event. Other flexibilities will be available soon as well.

Flexibilities in the Keep Kids Fed Act for CACFP Operators

July 1, 2022 - The Keep Kids Fed Act passed on June 27, 2022, will allow higher reimbursements for meals and waive area eligibility requirements for Tier II Day Care Home Providers.

New! Food Buying Guide Mobile App Training Videos!

July 1, 2022 - Team Nutrition is excited to announce that training videos on navigating the Food Buying Guide (FBG) Mobile App are now available. These short videos are broken into four chapters to provide users with step-by-step instructions on using the Mobile App and its different components.

Flexibilities in the Keep Kids Fed Act during School Year 2022-2023

July 1, 2022 - The Keep Kids Fed Act passed on June 27, 2022, will allow higher reimbursements for meals, meal pattern flexibilities in the event of COVID-19-related supply chain issues, and other flexibilities still to be determined in School Year 2022-2023.

Transitioning Back to Paid Meals in School Year 2022-2023

July 1, 2022 - This Fall, ‘Back to School’ will also mean ‘Back to Student Meal Rates’ for nutritious school meals. TDA has created resources to assist with notifying parents about this shift.

TX-UNPS FDP Upgrade Coming in 2023/2024

July 1, 2022 - The ordering functions in the TX-UNPS FDP module for NSLP and SFSP will transition to USDA's Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) system.

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1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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