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Rural Summer Non-Congregate Request Form and Resources Available April 5

Published: 100 days ago
" On April 5, TDA is opening up the request form for eligible SFSP and SSO operators who want to serve non-congregate summer meals in rural areas this summer. Please refer to the Summer Non-Congregate Feeding Program page on SquareMeals to access the form, updated site mapper, and important FAQs about participation eligibility and requirements. TDA will be hosting a webinar on April 17 to go over these requirements in detail.
On April 5, TDA is releasing the Summer Non-Congregate Request Form, Non-Congregate Eligibility Map, and FAQs for eligible SFSP and SSO operators who want to serve non-congregate summer meals in rural areas this summer. You can find all of these resources, beginning April 5, on the Summer Non-Congregate Feeding Program page on the Summer Non-Congregate Feeding Program page on SquareMeals

Beginning April 5, summer operators with interest in providing non-congregate service should do the following:
  • Using the site mapper, validate that the intended site is rural and is more than 2 miles away from the next nearest site.
  • Ensure that a site application has been submitted in TX-UNPS. Sites must be approved or conditionally approved within TX-UNPS prior to a submittal of the Non-Congregate Request Form.
  • Read the newly released FAQs very carefully. These FAQs serve as the official "handbook" for Summer Non-Congregate service until updates to the official program handbooks can be made.
  • Start preparing now - think about flexibilities that make sense for your site, procedures that must be developed, and strategic site locations. Note that the application process requires more information than years past per guidance from USDA.
  • Attend upcoming presentations on non-congregate feeding - the first is an April 17 webinar (registration information will be posted on SquareMeals on April 5, and the second will be a dedicated presentation at this year's MegaCon. 
  • Consult with your Education Service Center about any questions you may have after reading through all of TDA's guidance.


Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help. Additional translations services available as well.

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