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 28, 2021 - The School Nutrition Program (SNP) site applications must be submitted and approved as a prerequisite for SSO application processing. SSO sites submitted for approval will be returned for correction if there are no SNP site applications in submitted and/or approved status.
July 28, 2021 - The webinar held on July 27 on this topic and the associated slides are now available. Click here to view them and other FSMC resources.
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 27, 2021 - Uploading Certification and Benefit Issuance and Documentation in TX-UNPS
July 23, 2021 - Now available on SquareMeals.org: Trainings and webinars on the Procurement Review Process and Procurement Basics. Visit the Procurement Review page located under Compliance on the National School Lunch Program menu for more information!
July 22, 2021 - Two new SFSP site application questions have been added as of 7/22/2021. A response will be required upon modification to an existing site application or adding a new site application.
July 19, 2021 - TDA received the new meal rates effective 7/1/21 and TX-UNPS is updated.
July 14, 2021 - DEADLINE OCTOBER 9, 2021
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.
June 30, 2021 - During the latest TDA School Webinar on June 30, 2021, a number of upcoming trainings and webinars were discussed. Click here for the full list.
June 29, 2021 - Did you miss the Procurement Basics presentation given at TASN? Click here to visit the Procurement Review page where you can find a link to watch the video in the "When is My Review?" box!
June 25, 2021 - TDA has developed new resources for SSO operators in 2021-2022, including new media release templates, household letters for SSO operators processing applications, eligibility notification letters, and Direct Certification eligibility letters. Click here for more information.
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 19, 2021 - It's time to register with your ESC for the 2021 School Nutrition Program Summer Workshops!
May 16, 2021 - Please read the Summer 2021 Operations and School Year 2021-2022 Operations FAQs located on the Coronavirus Updates page before adding or creating SFSP sites in TX-UNPS.
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 28, 2021 - TDA would like to inform you that the storage and distribution warehouse contracts are complete for SY 21-22. The awardees are listed by region.
April 14, 2021 - Requests for increases in compensation must be reasonable, allocable, and necessary.
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.
April 12, 2021 - Please read the Summer 2021 Operations Supplemental FAQs located on the Coronavirus Updates page before adding or creating SFSP sites in TX-UNPS.
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.
March 10, 2021 - Advance payments are made by June 1, July 15, and August 15. To avoid delays in payment, eligible CEs should submit requests for advance payments according to the following dates.