August 3, 2021 - The Texas Comptroller’s office will shut down for end-of-year processing at the end of August. Click here for more information.
Updated July 29, 2021 - TDA received the new meal rates effective 7/1/21 and TX-UNPS is updated.
July 27, 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.
July 19, 2021 - TDA received the new meal rates effective 7/1/21 and TX-UNPS is updated.
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.
July 9, 2021 - TDA has been busy making it easier for CEs to learn about programs, including CACFP, NSLP/SBP, and SFSP. The new Quick References provide CEs an overview of the program, including how they can participate!
July 3, 2021 – Tyson Foods Inc., a Dexter, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,492,832 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.
July 2, 2021 - NEW At-Risk sites that do not qualify for area eligibility (50% Free and reduced)
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.
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.
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.
May 12, 2021 - The internal cut-off time for claim submission on processing days is 12:00pm. Our team will process all claims submitted before the 12pm deadline on the processing day. This deadline will ensure staff have the adequate time to review your submission before sending your payment to the Comptroller. Claim submissions received after the deadline will be processed on the next processing day.
May 5, 2021 - TDA celebrates all the frontline heroes who serve our communities during this unprecedented time. We recognize your valiant efforts and want to say a sincere thank you!
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.
March 16, 2021 - The nationwide waivers applicable to CACFP At-risk expired on June 30, 2021. CACFP At-risk can only operate under the relevant waiver flexibilities during the 2020-2021 School Year. CACFP At-risk operators should plan to end service after the current school year even if that date is before the expiration of the applicable waiver(s). If additional guidance is provided by USDA, TDA will promptly share.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has received some waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service in response to coronavirus. Other waivers are not yet approved. Any information regarding USDA waivers related to meal service will be available at SquareMeals.org/coronavirus along with further instructions.
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.
November 6, 2020 - Please take action to ensure you are able to continue to access digital resources from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), including SquareMeals.org, MENU Module, and TX-UNPS without error. Click here for more information!
September 1, 2020 - Revisions: Section 4000, Managing the Program of the CACFP ADC, CCC and DCH Handbooks have been revised to reflect new crediting guidance from USDA as well as additional guidance for sponsors related to monitoring, corrective action and adverse action. Additional changes to formatting and section arrangements have been made as well.
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.
July 1, 2020 - The updated meal pattern went into effect October 1, 2017. Contracting entities (CEs) that vend meals are reminded that they must ensure their vendor has the updated meal pattern requirements and the meals provided are in compliance.