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Safety Information for Infant Formula in CACFP

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is aware of the shortage of infant formula and reminds Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers that infant safety should be a key priority during this time. Click the headline to go to a page with links to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resources for safely feeding infants during the formula shortage.

Now Available! Updated Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Programs

May 1, 2022 - Team Nutrition has just released the updated Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This updated resource is an important supplemental companion to the Food Buying Guide for CACFP operators for crediting and meal planning.

Let’s Make a Snack! CACFP Snack Menu Planner for Children 3 Through 18 Years of Age

May 1, 2022 - USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative is excited to announce the availability of its Let’s Make a Snack! Child and Adult Care Food Program Snack Menu Planner for Children 3 Through 18 Years of Age. This menu planner is an excellent training resource for CACFP operators and covers creditable and non-creditable foods at snack, interactive snack meal planning activities, sample snack menus, and 20 easy snack recipes.

TDA to Request Waivers for Summer 2022 and SY 2022-2023

May 1, 2022 - Given that many nationwide waivers are set to expire in June or soon after the declared end of the Public Health Emergency, TDA is requesting from USDA the discretion to implement waivers this summer and next school year. If approved, these waivers are only expected to be used in cases where COVID-19 has affected operations; they are not meant to be used as part of standard operations throughout the Program Year.

Security Form FND-101 has been removed from SquareMeals

May 1, 2022 - TDA has fully transitioned to the User Access Manager for all entities and has removed the FND-101 form on SquareMeals.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

Maximum Approvable Average Daily Participation (ADP)

February 4, 2022 - Returning Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Contracting Entities (CEs) for SFSP program year 2022 may enter in the site applications no more than the amount listed on the Maximum Approvable ADP list. The Maximum ADP list found on www.squaremeals.org under Summer News provides the maximum approvable ADP for the site by meal type for SFSP 2022.

Minimum CACFP Protocol Threshold Salary Increase Guidance for Staff and General Office Positions

October 29, 2021 - Explanation: This guidance addresses individuals in lower pay job categories that may receive a higher rate of pay increase.

Ending participation in CACFP?

October 27, 2021 - Ending your participation in CACFP requires more than just saying good-bye...

“And Justice for All” Poster

Updated September 30, 2021 - Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will not be taking “And Justice For All..." (AJFA) poster orders through TX-UNPS and will not be distributing posters to contracting entities (CE). Locally printed paper copies AJFA posters may substituted as necessary.

Rescission of Pre-portioned Fruit Cup Crediting supplement released on May 14, 2013

September 30, 2021 - On May 14, 2013, TDA issued a Pre-portioned Fruit Cup Crediting supplement memo regarding crediting of 4-ounce fruit cups. That supplement is being rescinded with updated guidance and an accompanying TDA-issued memo.

New Letter and Delivery Format for All Non-Adverse Action Notices Sent to CEs

August 31, 2021 - On October 1, 2021, Community Operations will begin using a new format and delivery method for non-adverse action notices sent to CEs.

CACFP Meal Rates Effective 7/1/21

July 29, 2021 - TDA received the new meal rates effective 7/1/21 and TX-UNPS is updated.

DCH Meal Rates Effective 7/1/21

July 19, 2021 - TDA received the new meal rates effective 7/1/21 and TX-UNPS is updated.

CACFP Program Year 2021-2022 (PY22)

July 12, 2021 - The program year for CACFP is now set to default to PY22. 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.

CACFP Special Processing Guidance

July 2, 2021 - NEW At-Risk sites that do not qualify for area eligibility (50% Free and reduced)

CACFP At-Risk Site Proximity

July 2, 2021 - All new original At-Risk sites submitted to TDA will be reviewed to identify if any pre-existing sites operate within a two-mile radius. Sites determined to be operating within a two-mile radius of a pre-existing operating site will be further assessed to determine if there are any extenuating circumstances that would establish the eligibility of the site to operate in close proximity of the other site.

CACFP Application Processing

July 1, 2021 - If you are renewing for participation and do not need to make any changes to your authorized representatives’ TX-UNPS user access/user rights, please do not re-submit a FND 101 form/Certificate of Authority form.

CACFP Compensation Protocol

May 20, 2021 -The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) has updated compensation amounts including those occupations that operate within the food programs. As a result, the CACFP Compensation Protocol, formerly known as the CACFP Taxable Income Program Protocol, has been updated and posted on Squaremeals.

Requests for Increases in Compensation

April 14, 2021 - Requests for increases in compensation must be reasonable, allocable, and necessary. TDA utilizes the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Cost Index data for March 2020 to determine its standard of reasonable.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement – Revision Notice

November 16, 2020 - ACTION REQUIRED: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service recently updated its Civil Rights webpage resulting in changes to the internal hyperlinks within the Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS) as well as the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form. If you have not done so already, please update the electronic versions of the NDS with the English and/or Spanish versions. These changes were required to be completed no later than January 31, 2021.

Multiple Meal Times

August 30, 2020 - Please read the following information carefully in order to determine how to accurately reflect meal times in the TX-UNPS site application.

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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