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" Do you meet the SFSP Applicant criteria? Need help navigating TX-UNPS?

CEs must be in good standing (and maintain their good standing) with the Texas Secretary of State (SOS) and the Texas Comptroller (Comptroller) while they're applying to participate/participating in any of the programs administered by the TDA Food and Nutrition Division. Failure to maintain a good standing status with either the SOS or Comptroller will result in denial of the Application Packet, and/or the CE being declared seriously deficient (which may lead to the termination of the CE's permanent agreement).

TDA cannot discuss the Application Packet with anyone other than a noted authorized CE representative.

Automated Application Packet emails: The SFSP Contact will receive an email each time the Application Packet status changes – first when it is submitted, and again when it changes to either "Approved", "Denied", or "Returned for Correction." Only the SFSP Contact will be notified by the system. If others in the organization need to act on the information, the SFSP Contact will need to inform them the status has changed.

CEs should check the Application Packet status frequently. If the Application Packet status notes "Returned," the Application Packet has been returned for corrections. In this case, please check Application Packet Notes and "Comments to Contracting Entity" in the Contracting Entity Application section of the Application Packet, as well as your voicemail and/or email for details regarding the information and/or corrections needed. Once you have provided the information and/or made the correction, the Application Packet must be submitted for approval in TX-UNPS. The Application Packet status of "Submitted for Approval" notifies TDA that the Application Packet is ready for review.


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:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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Commissioner Sid Miller

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