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ACTION REQUIRED – Validation of all Unaffiliated CACFP At-Risk Sites

Published: 147 days ago
" In efforts to ensure that all sponsors of unaffiliated CACFP At-Risk sites are providing the proper operational oversight over the management and administration of the food program at those sites, and to ensure that sponsors are properly procuring meal vendors and FSMCs at At-Risk locations, TDA is requiring all sponsors of unaffiliated At-Risk sites to complete a questionnaire/attestation form.
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In efforts to ensure that all sponsors of unaffiliated CACFP At-Risk sites are providing the proper operational oversight over the management and administration of the food program at those sites, and to ensure that sponsors are properly procuring meal vendors and FSMCs at At-Risk locations, TDA is requiring all sponsors of unaffiliated At-Risk sites to complete the Valid Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Unaffiliated Site Questionnaire/Attestation Form. Within this form, CEs will select the sites under their sponsorship that meet the following criteria:
  • Permanent site agreements are signed by staff affiliated with the location where the meals are being served (for example, if the unaffiliated site is a school, then school staff are responsible for direct oversight of the CACFP At-Risk program); or
  • If the permanent site agreement is with an organization not affiliated with the location of service (for example, at an apartment complex), the organization signing the permanent site agreement:
o Is providing a comprehensive Afterschool Program, including congregate enrichment activities and food service. NOTE: CACFP funds cannot be used to procure supplies, staff, or materials associated with the enrichment.
o Must have a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the site level organization managing the At-Risk program and the location of service approving the operation of an At-Risk program onsite. A copy of this agreement must be maintained by the CE and provided at the time of site application.

Additionally, for all sites submitted within the form, the CE must attest that they are providing all required management and oversight responsibilities. Any site that cannot meet the requirements in the form must not be listed and must be closed prior to September 30, 2024. This form must be submitted no later than June 30, 2024. On July 1, TDA will begin closing all unaffiliated At-Risk sites for which a form has not been submitted with an effective closing date of September 30. Please refer to the Sponsor Under a Sponsor FAQs for more information on this new process.

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