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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.

Open Enrollment

August 1, 2022 - The enrollment period to sponsor new sites is currently open.

RELEASE: Multiple updated CACFP Forms

August 1, 2022 - TDA has revised multiple forms on the CACFP Administration/Forms page on SquareMeals.org.

CACFP Training Resources

August 1, 2022 - Get ready for the upcoming year by training with USDA resources!

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.

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.

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.

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.

USDA Provides Infant Formula Information for CACFP

Updated July 1, 2022; Originally Posted June 17, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has provided information for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators concerned about access to formula and their options for safely feeding infants in their care. These questions and answers support CACFP operators and the families they serve during the ongoing infant formula shortage due to supply chain issues, which worsened due to a major formula recall in February.

New! Food Buying Guide Mobile App Training Videos!

July 1, 2022 - Team Nutrition is excited to announce that training videos on navigating the Food Buying Guide (FBG) Mobile App are now available. These short videos are broken into four chapters to provide users with step-by-step instructions on using the Mobile App and its different components.

Flexibilities in the Keep Kids Fed Act for CACFP Operators

July 1, 2022 - The Keep Kids Fed Act passed on June 27, 2022, will allow higher reimbursements for meals and waive area eligibility requirements for Tier II Day Care Home Providers.

CACFP Program Year 2022-2023

July 1, 2022 - The program year for CACFP is set to default to PY23. 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. When initially enrolling the PY23 application, all data from the last approved forms in PY22 will roll to the PY23 application. Any subsequent updates made to PY22 once the PY23 application packet has been enrolled will need to be manually copied and entered into the PY23 application. Amendments made to site applications in PY22 will reflect in PY23. Therefore, please ensure that only one program year application is submitted at a time to avert any confusion as to which program year the sites should be processed.

CACFP Program Year 2022-2023 (PY23)

June 28, 2022 - The program year for CACFP is set to default to PY23. 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.

“And Justice for All” Poster

Updated June 8, 2022 - USDA has recently released guidance regarding the AJFA posters. Currently, USDA is working with TDA and will provide newly printed AJFA posters later this year. TDA is working on a statewide distribution plan and will communicate to all CEs when posters are available and being sent to your CE locations to be distributed to your sites.

Updated Nondiscrimination Statement

June 1, 2022 - The Nondiscrimination Statement required on all public-facing Program materials has recently been updated to account for a recent court decision determining that the prohibition of discrimination based on sex in Title IX and the Food and Nutrition Act includes gender identity and sexual orientation.

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.

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 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.

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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