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Seamless Summer Option Site Application Guidance for 2022 Summer Operations

March 14, 2022 - TDA is offering guidance on how to modify existing Seamless Summer Option site applications to reflect normal operations. Click the headline to get more information.

SFSP Site Application Naming Conventions

March 1, 2022 - The “CV” naming conventions of “CVGG” and “CVHD” are discontinued in site applications.

SFSP/CACFP SALARIES

March 1, 2022 - Combined base salaries for CEs operating both SFSP and CACFP cannot exceed the maximum allowable base salaries as established in TDA’s CACFP Compensation Protocol.

Summer Food Service Program Year 2022 Due Dates

March 1, 2022 - TX-UNPS Application Packets, or if applicable the Intake Form, MUST BE submitted by the designated due dates to be eligible for SFSP 2022 approval.

March Summer Meals Marketing Checklist - Begin Planning to Promote your Summer Meal Sites

March 1, 2022 - Whether you call it a marketing plan, an action plan, or a to-do list, planning to promote your summer meal sites and setting goals is key to maximizing success. TDA is ready to support you with your monthly to-dos to prepare for summer meals marketing. Click here for your March Marketing Checklist!

Webinar: Grains Ounce Equivalents Tools for CACFP Operators

March 1, 2022 - On Monday, March 14, 2022, USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative will present a special CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays webinar on “Grains Ounce Equivalents Tools for CACFP Operators.”

Final Rule Allowing Low-Fat Flavored Milk for CACFP Participants over the Age of 6

March 1, 2022 - Effective July 1, 2022, low-fat flavored milk will once again be allowed for CACFP participants 6 and over (including adult participants at adult day care).

Revised Milk Service Policy for Adult Day Care Providers and Multiple Document Upload News

March 1, 2022 - Adult Day Care Providers using the "Offer vs. Serve" meal service, using trending documentation, do not necessarily need to have milk on hand for 100% of the meals being served. Also, the new capability has been added to TX UNPS - CEs can now upload multiple documents at a time, saving time and increasing efficiency as they respond to requests for documentation during an administrative review.

National Nutrition Month

March 1, 2022 - The month of March is recognized as National Nutrition Month®, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.

National Child Nutrition Conference 2022

March 1, 2022 - Participate in the social media challenge for National CACFP Week and learn more about the National Child Nutrition Conference

Grain Ounce Equivalent Tools for CACFP

March 1, 2022 - USDA’s Team Nutrition will present a special CACFP Halftime webinar on the different tools for implementing grains ounce equivalents that is now required of CACFP operators.

CACFP Farm Fresh Challenge Kickoff!

March 1, 2022 - In March of each year, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) hosts the Farm Fresh Challenge for all TDA contracting entities (CE) in the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP). The Challenge is a fun and engaging way for nutrition professionals to gain recognition for their efforts to bring local foods and garden-based activities to program participants.

Summer Materials are on the Way to Assist with School’s Meeting the USDA Requirement

March 1, 2022 - The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is sending posters and information cards to every school food authority (SFA) in Texas to assist them in fulfilling a National School Lunch Program requirement to notify students and their families about the availability of these summer meals. The posters must be displayed on campus and the information cards must be distributed to each student immediately upon the shipment’s arrival.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Printed Resources for Team Nutrition Schools

March 1, 2022 - USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative invites Team Nutrition Schools to join them in celebrating National Nutrition Month and School Breakfast Week by offering free printed materials that are available to order while supplies last.

RELEASE: New School Data Report for 2021-2022

March 1, 2022 - TDA must, on an annual basis, publish a list of schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in which at least one-half of the children enrolled are certified eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Register Now for USDA’s Meal Talk Webinars: 3/9/22 @ 2PM CT on School Breakfast

March 1, 2022 - Join USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative for the new webinar series, Meal Talk Webinars. These webinars provide interactive trainings on hot topics related to school meals. The first Meal Talk webinar will focus on School Breakfast and will be held on Wednesday, March 9th, from 2 to 3 pm Central Standard Time.

NSLP Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains and Sodium Final Rule

March 1, 2022 - This new rule establishes standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 to give schools time to transition in the short term.

Universal Breakfast Program Waivers

March 1, 2022 - The Universal Breakfast Program Waiver application opens on March 15.

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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
 
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