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Texas Comptroller Year-End: TDA Claim Processing Interruption

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.

CACFP Meal Rates Effective 7/1/21

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

“And Justice for All” Poster

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.

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.

Quick References Now Available for CEs!

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!

Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

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.

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.

Claim Processing Days: Tuesday & Thursday

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.

Thank You to All CEs!

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!

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.

CACFP At-Risk COVID-19 Waivers

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.

Coronavirus Updates for Contracting Entities

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.

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.

Attention Internet Explorer Users!

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!

Handbook and Forms Revisions

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.

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.

Important Reminder - Contracting Entities that Purchase Meals

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.

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, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
 
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