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CACFP Handbook Updates

Published: 59 days ago
" December 2, 2022 - TDA has updated three sections of the CACFP handbook. All three sections are now identical in each CACFP handbook in an effort to consolidate all Program information into a single CACFP handbook for all CEs to use, regardless of CACFP sub-program.
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December 2, 2022 - TDA has updated three sections of the CACFP handbook. All three sections are now identical in each handbook in an effort to consolidate all Program information into a single CACFP handbook for all CEs to use, regardless of CACFP sub-program.

The following sections of all four CACFP handbooks have been updated as follows:

Section 6000, Civil Rights:
  • Revised to reflect that discrimination based on sex also includes discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Updated the Non-discrimination statement per USDA Food and Nutrition Service updates.
  • Removed content allowing visual observation to report racial/ethnic data. Added best practices for racial/ethnic data and reference to new Data Collection form.
  • Added that Civil Rights training is now provided by the Institute for Child Nutrition and provided the SquareMeals.org link to that training.

Section 8000, Denials, Terminations, and Appeals:
  • Consolidated content from Section 8000 of all four current CACFP Handbooks (Child Care Center, Day Care Homes, Adult Day Care, and At-Risk). This section is now identical in all four handbooks.
  • Added denial of start-up or expansion funds to list of TDA actions that CEs can appeal.
  • Clarified that termination by mutual consent will only be granted if no issues have been identified as part of a risk assessment or closeout review.
  • Updated the Texas Administrative Code citation for CACFP appeal procedures.
  • Clarified that a DCH sponsor’s appeal official has 60 days to issue a decision on a provider’s appeal.

Section 11000, Resources:
  • Consolidated content from all four current CACFP Handbooks (Child Care Center, Day Care Homes, Adult Day Care, and At-Risk), which includes providing clarification and minor terminology adjustments to distinguish forms and resources that may not apply to all CACFP sub-programs. This section is now identical in all four handbooks.
  • Removed contact information for “Community Operations Field Offices.” All communications to TDA regarding CACFP should be directed to the central Community.Ops@TexasAgriculture.gov email address.
  • Updated language around Time Distribution Reporting to reflect how employees dedicated 100% to CACFP activities must document their time.
  • Numerous additions and clarifications to the day care home provider sample serious deficiency letters, pursuant to 2021 USDA management evaluation suggestions.
  • Updated links to various USDA resources.

Edits are detailed in the Log of Section Updates at the front of the section.

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1. Mail:
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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