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USDA Presenting Back to School Webinar for School Nutrition Professionals and Industry

August 12, 2022 - USDA's Child Nutrition Programs have planned a webinar - Back to School Success with Team Nutrition's Menu Planning Tools and Resources – for August 31 at 1 p.m. CT. This informational webinar will highlight Team Nutrition's many tools and resources to enhance attendees’ knowledge of school menu planning and school nutrition operations.

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.

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, 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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