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Maximum Approvable Average Daily Participation (ADP)

January 12, 2022 - Returning Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Contracting Entities (CEs) for SFSP program year 2022 may enter in the site applications no more than the amount listed on the Maximum Approvable ADP list. The Maximum ADP list provides the maximum approvable ADP for the site by meal type for SFSP 2022. Click the link in the title to find the list at the bottom of the next page. The list is used to determine the maximum ADP for each site.

2022 Texas Summer Mandate Notification and Waiver

January 1, 2022 - Schools with 50% or more of the enrolled children eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program should submit their intent to operate Summer Meal Programs for summer 2022 or submit a mandate waiver request in TX-UNPS by the January 31, 2022 deadline.

RELEASE: Revised Administrator’s Reference Manual (ARM) Section 18, Food Service Contracts

January 1, 2022 - A revised ARM Section 18, Food Service Contracts was posted to SquareMeals.

New! Team Nutrition Meal Components Web Quiz

January 1, 2022 - USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative is excited to announce the release of the Meal Components web quiz. This quiz is now available and focuses on meal components and meal pattern requirements for all Child Nutrition Programs.

Order Your Copies of the Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs

January 1, 2022 - The updated Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs is now available to order in print from Team Nutrition. This resource provides State and local school nutrition professionals a comprehensive guide to all Professional Standards topics.

New feature alert for the Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool

January 1, 2022 - New features are now available on the Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool (PSTTT). With the new update, users can now record trainings for past school years.

New Limited English Proficiency (LEP) tool

January 1, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Title VI Interagency Working Group (IWG) – Limited English Proficiency Committee has developed a new tool to improve access to websites and digital platforms for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP): Improving Access to Public Websites and Digital Services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Persons

New feature alert for the Food Buying Guide Interactive Web-based Tool

January 1, 2022 - Team Nutrition is excited to announce that users can now view the meal pattern requirements per meal component for a selected Program and age/grade group while using the FBG calculator. This feature allows for easy access to helpful meal pattern guidance to assist in creating shopping lists.

Transitioning to the User Access Manager

January 1, 2022 - TDA will begin a full transition to the User Access Manager for all entities and will retire the FND-101 form in Spring of 2022.

TDA Requesting Increase of 10% Administrative Fund Allocation for Schools Participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

December 15, 2021 - TDA is submitting to USDA a request to allow elementary schools participating in FFVP to utilize up to 20% of their awarded funds (including the currently approved allocation of 10% for administrative costs) to hire part time staff to assist with administering the program.

Onsite Monitoring Due February 1

December 1, 2021 - CEs that operate more than one site are required to conduct onsite reviews. Click for more information.

School Food Authority (SFA) Verification Collection Report Due February 1

December 1, 2021 - CEs must report verification results in the School Food Authority (SFA) Verification Collection Report, FNS-742 by February 1, 2022.

Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Monitoring Form: Updates and New Guidance

December 1, 2021 - TDA released a new Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Monitoring Form that includes updated guidance and monitoring questions.

Updated Resources on Procurement and Supply Chain Issues for SY 2021-2022

December 1, 2021 - USDA continues to offer flexibilities in response to public health needs and to ease administrative burden, while still promoting nutritious meals. FNS has updated their resources to include additional information related to procurement and supply chain issues.

NEW RESOURCE - Record of Meal Pattern Deviations Due to COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions

December 1, 2021 - TDA has developed the Monthly Record of Meal Pattern Deviations Due to COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions Form, in which CEs can document instances during the COVID-19 pandemic when required food components were unavailable due to supply chain disruptions.

Notice to Current User Access Managers

December 1, 2021 - Review entity users to ensure proper security groups align with their role and responsibilities.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Updates

October 27, 2021 - Benefit issuances for school year 2020-21 P-EBT wrapped up in October with over $3.9 billion dollars provided to 3.8 million Texas children. Summer P-EBT benefits will be issued to eligible children starting in late November. A Texas state plan for school year 2021-22 P-EBT is currently in development. For the most up to date information, click here.

Farm Fresh Challenge Participants – Attestations forms due November 15th!

October 27, 2021 - Congratulations on completing another year of the Texas Department of Agriculture's Farm Fresh Challenge. All schools that wish to earn recognition must complete their attestation form no later than 11/15/2021. Submit your attestation form here!

School Breakfast Week 2022 - Pre-Order Promotional Items Today

October 27, 2021 - It is time to plan for School Breakfast Week (SBW) 2022, March 7-11th. TDA materials feature the theme Feed Your Creativity with a Healthy School Breakfast and artwork inspired by the winning entries from the You Art What You Eat student art contest. Click here for more information about SBW 2022, to order promotional materials, and more digital resources.

SY 22-23 Menu Calendar Templates Now Available

October 27, 2021 - The menu calendar templates for school year 2022-2023 are now available! This year's theme is "Get Yourself in Gear with a Healthy School Meal" and each English and Spanish template features a fun character who incorporates food into an everyday activity! Click here to visit the Resources page and access the templates.

Student Art Contest - Order Promotional Items Today

October 27, 2021 - The Texas Department of Agriculture's (TDA) You Art What You Eat art contest offers Texas students a chance to earn statewide recognition for their artwork. Click here for more information about the contest, to order promotional materials, and to submit an entry.

New Unanticipated School Closure Notification Form

October 27, 2021 - TDA has released a new notification form for schools operating SSO during an unanticipated school closure. While no approval is required to operate SSO during an unanticipated school closure, completion of the notification form is required.

Team Nutrition Back-to-School Support Kit

October 27, 2021 - As schools work toward resuming regular operations, USDA continues to offer flexibilities in response to public health needs and to ease administrative burden, while still promoting nutritious meals.

Questions and Answers for CNP Emergency Procurement Due to Supply Chain Disruptions

October 27, 2021 - USDA Memo SP 01-2022, CACFP 01-2022, Questions and Answers for Child Nutrition Programs Emergency Procurement Due to Supply Chain Disruptions, provides clarification on questions related to Child Nutrition Programs' use of emergency procurements due to supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Now Available in Print for Team Nutrition Schools: Stronger with School Meals Materials

October 27, 2021 - Team Nutrition Schools can now order free printed copies of new Stronger with School Meals educational materials. These materials celebrate how school meals, and the school nutrition professionals that provide them, help students stay strong physically (through good nutrition) and mentally (through the sharing of mealtimes in person or virtually).

Now available in print: Professional Standards Training Reward Badges

October 27, 2021 - Professional Standards training reward badges are a fun way to promote training and recognize staff who have completed training. School nutrition professionals can earn badges by completing training in any of the key areas: Nutrition, Operations, Administration, or Communication/Marketing.

New Instructions/Process for Form H4529.1 - Authorization to Transfer USDA Foods

October 27, 2021 - TDA has created a new electronic form H4529.1 – Authorization to Transfer USDA Foods for Further Processing. This form is used to request TDA approval to transfer USDA Foods for further processing in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). New instructions and resources are available by clicking here.

2022 Texas Summer Mandate Notification and Waiver

October 27, 2021 - Texas Legislation requires school districts to participate in a summer meal program if 50% or more of the enrolled children are eligible to receive free/reduced price NSLP meal based on the March 2021 claim.

Preliminary Verification Report Due November 15!

October 27, 2021 - All CEs are required to complete the report. Click the headline for more information!

Low-Fat (1%) Flavored Milk – Congressional Flexibility Extended through December 3, 2021

October 27, 2021 - Due to recent Congressional action, flexibility allowing low-fat, flavored milk in the NSLP and SBP is now effective through December 3, 2021. This provides additional flexibility in planning school breakfast and lunch menus but does not require schools to make any menu changes.

Team Nutrition Toddler Nutrition Web Quizzes

October 27, 2021 - USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative is proud to announce the release of the English and Spanish-language Toddler Nutrition web quizzes. Quizzes on Infant Nutrition (English and Spanish) and School Lunch are also available, with additional quizzes coming this fall and winter.

USDA Clarifications for USDA Foods Entitlement Usage

October 27, 2021 - USDA has provided updated guidance for spending USDA Foods entitlement in school year 2021-2022.

“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.

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.

Seamless Summer (SSO) Site Applications SY 2022

July 28, 2021 - The School Nutrition Program (SNP) site applications must be submitted and approved as a prerequisite for SSO application processing. SSO sites submitted for approval will be returned for correction if there are no SNP site applications in submitted and/or approved status.

Coronavirus Updates for Contracting Entities

The Texas Department of Agriculture has received some waivers from USDA to support the continued operation of meal service in response to coronavirus. Other waivers are not yet approved. Any information regarding USDA waivers related to meal service will be available at SquareMeals.org/coronavirus along with further instructions.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement – Revision Notice

November 16, 2020 - ACTION REQUIRED: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service recently updated its Civil Rights webpage resulting in changes to the internal hyperlinks within the Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS) as well as the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form. If you have not done so already, please update the electronic versions of the NDS with the English and/or Spanish versions. These changes were required to be completed no later than January 31, 2021.

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:

Mail:
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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