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Upcoming Webinar on Federal Supports to Address School Labor Shortages

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.

Administrative Review Reminder and a New Process

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.

“And Justice for All” Poster

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.

USDA Team Nutrition Resources

September 30, 2021 - Order USDA Team Nutrition print materials for your school and CACFP site.

Rescission of Pre-portioned Fruit Cup Crediting supplement released on May 14, 2013

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 That supplement is being rescinded with updated guidance and an accompanying TDA-issued memo.

FDP Security Group Name Changed

September 30, 2021 - Several Food Distribution Program security groups have been updated with a new name.

Notice to User Access Managers

September 30, 2021 - A few updates to entity User Access Managers (UAM) regarding security changes, processes, and forms.

New Back-to-School Resources from Team Nutrition

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!

Planning for a Dynamic School Environment: Guidance for Meal Service Flexibilities

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.

New feature alert for the Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool

September 30, 2021 - A new feature is now available on the Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool (PSTTT).

New Team Nutrition Web Quizzes

September 30, 2021 - USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative is proud to announce the release of new Team Nutrition web quizzes.

RELEASE: Revised Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM)

September 30, 2021 - Revised ARM Section 5, Special Provision Options; Section 6, Verification of Eligibility; and Section 19, Meal Pricing

Verification Process Begins in October!

September 30, 2021 - Please click on the title for verification reminders and new information, including verification information for CEs operating SSO.

Flexibilities in the Event of Pandemic-Related Supply Chain Issues

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.

Submittal of Declare or Decline COVID-19 Meal Service Waiver Options Form

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.

Establishing 3E's Grant and Healthier CACFP Gold Award

September 30, 2021 - TDA conducted orientation for the seven grantees receiving Establishing the 3E’s Grant funds.

Grain Ounce Equivalents Requirement

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.

New Letters, Templates and Resources for SSO Operators in SY 2021-2022

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.

Look for improvements to the F&N Newsletters!

September 6, 2021 - Beginning in September, the CACFP Insight, NSLP Newsletter, and Summer In the Loop will transition to a monthly distribution schedule.

Angela Olige’s Retirement and Welcoming of F&N’s New Assistant Commissioner

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.

USDA Storage and Delivery Fee Reimbursement

August 31, 2021 - Payments for the SY20-21 Delivery & Storage Fees were processed by TDA on August 26, 2021.

Verification Sample Method Worksheet

August 31, 2021 - Resource for determining verification sample size and recording application count and direct verification results.

Offering Meats and Meat Alternates at School Breakfast

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)”.

New Feature and Process for Texas ELMS

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.

Food Safety: Protect Vulnerable Populations from Foodborne Illness

August 31, 2021 - Populations served by summer meal sites are at an increased risk for foodborne illness.

Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill

August 31, 2021 - Chill: Refrigerate and freeze food properly.

Pledge Now for the NSLP Farm Fresh Challenge

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.

USDA Farm to School Census Data Now Available

August 31, 2021 - The Census measures the scope, reach and overall impact of farm to school efforts across the nation.

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.

Local Wellness Policy

August 31, 2021 - Are you looking for resources to strengthen your school district’s Local Wellness Policy (LWP)?

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:

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