October 22, 2021 - The U.S. Departments of Education and Treasury are hosting a two-part webinar series that may be of interest to school nutrition professionals and other School Food Authority (SFA) staff. The second webinar may especially be of interest to schools and SFAs.
September 30, 2021 - Administrative reviews, with few exceptions, include a review of a CE's procurement policy and practice. Also, Community Operations has adopted a new policy and practice of sending Notices to CEs. Click here to learn more.
Updated September 30, 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.
September 30, 2021 - Order USDA Team Nutrition print materials for your school and CACFP site.
September 30, 2021 - On May 14, 2013, TDA issued a Pre-portioned Fruit Cup Crediting supplement memo regarding crediting of 4-ounce fruit cups. That supplement is being rescinded with updated guidance and an accompanying TDA-issued memo.
September 30, 2021 - Several Food Distribution Program security groups have been updated with a new name.
September 30, 2021 - A few updates to entity User Access Managers (UAM) regarding security changes, processes, and forms.
September 30, 2021 - USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative invites you to join us in sharing Stronger with School Meals materials with schools, families, and children. Click the title above for more information!
September 30, 2021 - On August 26, USDA delivered a live webinar to State agencies and local program operators providing an overview of nationwide waivers for School Year 2021-2022. Click on the title above for a link to the webinar recording.
September 30, 2021 - A new feature is now available on the Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool (PSTTT).
September 30, 2021 - USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative is proud to announce the release of new Team Nutrition web quizzes.
September 30, 2021 - Revised ARM Section 5, Special Provision Options; Section 6, Verification of Eligibility; and Section 19, Meal Pricing
September 30, 2021 - Please click on the title for verification reminders and new information, including verification information for CEs operating SSO.
September 30, 2021 - CEs experiencing supply chain issues as a result of the pandemic may utilize emergency procurement processes without submitting a request TDA via the online request form on SquareMeals. Please click the title for more information.
September 30, 2021 - All Contracting Entities (CEs) are reminded that in Program Year 2021-2022, they must submit TDA’s Declare or Decline COVID-19 Meal Service Waiver Options form to provide information on usage of non-congregate, meal service time, parent pick-up, offsite monitoring, and offer versus serve in high school waivers.
September 30, 2021 - TDA conducted orientation for the seven grantees receiving Establishing the 3E’s Grant funds.
September 30, 2021 - Starting October 1, 2021, sponsors operating the CACFP will need to credit grains using ounce equivalents (oz eq) instead of "servings" in meals and snacks.
Updated September 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 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)?