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Verification Begins in October!

" September 1, 2022 - Verification begins October 3rd. All CEs must submit the Verification Report, including CEP and P2 CEs.
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September 1, 2022 - Verification begins October 3rd. All CEs must submit the Verification Report, including CEP and P2 CEs. Verification resources are located at https://squaremeals.org/Programs/NationalSchoolLunchProgram/EligibilityandVerification/ApplicationVerification.aspx

Verification Timeline

October 3, 2022
    • Count of approved meal applications on file
    • Direct Verification module in Texas ELMS opens

October 31, 2022
    • Count of students for annual Verification Report

November 1, 2022
- Verification Report opens: TX-UNPS>Download Forms SNP-123 Verification Report

November 15, 2022
    • Direct Verification module in Texas ELMS closes
    • Verification process completed and households notified

November 23, 2022
    • CE submission of Verification Report is due

Determining Sample Size

CEs are required to determine the verification sample size based on the total number of household applications approved by the CE as of October 3rd. TDA will post the approved sample methods by CE to SquareMeals.org by the first week of September. However, any CE may choose to use the Standard Sampling Method. CEs should utilize the Sample Size Calculator to determine the verification sample number: https://squaremeals.org/Programs/NationalSchoolLunchProgram/EligibilityandVerification/ApplicationVerification.aspx

Student Count for the Verification Report

October 31st is the official “student count” day for NSLP. All CEs will need to count the number of students enrolled. CEs will also need to count the number of students with approved applications and the number of students directly certified BY EACH CATEGORY. The count of students with applications does not apply to sites that participate in CEP or P2, or to CEs that are RCCIs. CEs that participate in CEP and P2 are only required to report the count of students directly certified.

The categories of direct certification are:
    • SNAP
    • TANF
    • Medicaid Free
    • Medicaid Reduced-Price
    • Foster
    • Homeless
    • Migrant
    • Runaway
    • Head Start

Detailed guidance will be updated soon in the Administrator’s Reference Manual (ARM), Section 6, Verification: https://squaremeals.org/Programs/NationalSchoolLunchProgram/PolicyARM.aspx.


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