September 22, 2021 - Dallas DoD Vendor, Brother’s Produce - Dallas, is experiencing severe driver shortages resulting from COVID-19. The Department of Defense (DoD) has been working with the vendor on a plan to recover with late deliveries and return to normal operations moving forward.
September 20, 2021 - Join this webinar on September 30 to hear strategies and tips on being proactive before an emergency occurs and knowing how to pivot by evaluating plans to resume operations. A continuing education certificate will be available after completion of the webinar.
Updated 9/14/2021 - TDA has updated its list of resources for SSO operators in 2021-2022 to include new verification letter templates to go along with the new media release templates, household letters for SSO operators processing applications, eligibility notification letters, and Direct Certification eligibility letters. Click here for more information.
September 10, 2021 - Promotional materials for National School Lunch Week were a big hit again this year! If you were unable to order the materials available for delivery, other no cost materials are available in the online toolkit.
September 6, 2021 - Beginning in September, the CACFP Insight, NSLP Newsletter, and Summer In the Loop will transition to a monthly distribution schedule.
September 1, 2021 - TDA is sad to say farewell to our Assistant Commissioner Angela Olige, but is pleased to introduce Lena Wilson at the Division’s new Assistant Commissioner.
August 31, 2021 - Payments for the SY20-21 Delivery & Storage Fees were processed by TDA on August 26, 2021.
August 31, 2021 - Resource for determining verification sample size and recording application count and direct verification results.
August 31, 2021 - USDA’s Team Nutrition’s initiative is pleased to announce the release of “Offering Meats and Meat Alternates at School Breakfast Grades Kindergarten Through 12 (K-12)”.
August 31, 2021 - Texas ELMS has a new modified individual search feature and upload process to "un-claim" more than 1 student at a time. TEA matches will be available after September 5th.
August 31, 2021 - Populations served by summer meal sites are at an increased risk for foodborne illness.
August 31, 2021 - Chill: Refrigerate and freeze food properly.
August 31, 2021 - The time to pledge for the NSLP October Farm Fresh Challenge is now! Click here to learn more and pledge your participation.
August 31, 2021 - The Census measures the scope, reach and overall impact of farm to school efforts across the nation.
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.
August 31, 2021 - Are you looking for resources to strengthen your school district’s Local Wellness Policy (LWP)?
August 31, 2021 - School districts mandated to participate in the 2021 summer nutrition programs are required to submit the Summer Cost Report form through TX-UNPS unless a waiver was granted.
August 31, 2021 - TDA has posted the SY 2021-2022 USDA Foods Rate of Assistance.
August 31, 2021 - Please ensure that the master eligibility roster of students, including carryover eligibility if applicable, is completed within 30 operating days after the start of NSLP/SBP food service operation this SY.
August 31, 2021 - Please remember that all CEs must complete direct certification matches monthly, including those operating SSO or CEP. CEs can find more information about direct certification in ARM Section 4, Eligibility.
August 31, 2021 - Please ensure that the application packet for your Contracting Entity (CE) is either in an approved or submitted status and that the CE contact information in TX-UNPS is current.
August 31, 2021 - As a reminder, schools must distribute information about the availability of NSLP/SBP or SSO meals to the community at the beginning of the school year. Find more information here.
August 31, 2021 - Several revisions to the ARM were released. See the full list here.
August 31, 2021 - For information related to COVID-19 waiver flexibilities and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) operations during SY 2021-2022, please reference the latest COVID-19 guidance here.
August 31, 2021 - The School Nutrition Program (SNP) site applications must be submitted and approved as a prerequisite for SSO application processing.
August 31, 2021 - Please ensure that the CACFP renewal application is submitted by the deadline of 9/30/2021. All CEs that are responsible for completing the Annual Audit will have their renewal application returned for incomplete if the Annual Audit has not been completed.
August 31, 2021 - Beginning October 1, 2021, CACFP contracting entities will need to credit grains using ounce equivalents (oz eq) instead of "servings" in meals and snacks.
August 31, 2021 - Click here to view resources from ICN and USDA's Team Nutrition!
August 31, 2021 - Register now to attend free, live, interactive training sessions for child nutrition professionals. These sessions feature individual lessons led by ICN's expert trainers on great back-to-school and child and adult care topics.
Updated August 20, 2021 - The new SSO rate (SFSP combined rate) is updated in TX-UNPS as of 8/20/21.