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Application Packet Processing

August 18, 2022 - Application Packet Processing Timelines, Amendments, Documentation Submission, Budget Detail Review, Meal Time Overlap Error Message, Withdraw From SFSP, Site Application Naming Conventions.

Important Reminders

August 18, 2022 - Important Reminders. Do you meet the SFSP Applicant criteria? Need help navigating TX-UNPS?

Requests for Increases in Compensation

August 18, 2022 - Requests for increases in compensation must be reasonable, allocable, and necessary. TDA will consider the following salary increases using SFSP federal funding: 5% for routine annual or merit-based increases and 10% for promotional increases. Job description reviews may occur with promotional increases to ensure that the proposed change aligns with additional duties.

RELEASE: New Resource for Collecting Ethnic/Racial Data at Open Sites

August 1, 2022 - TDA has developed a new resource to collect racial/ethnic data of Program participants at open sites. This new resource aligns with the best practices and guidance provided by USDA in recent guidance and provided in TDA's Frequently Asked Questions documents.

TX-UNPS FDP Upgrade: Demos & Account Access

August 1, 2022 - WBSCM training begins October 2022 for Recipient Agencies (aka CEs) in the pilot group. To prepare, TDA is collecting account access information and hosting a series of short WBSCM demos in August and September.

Now Available! Tip Sheet on Crediting Meats/Meat Alternates in Child Nutrition Programs!

August 1, 2022 - This handy reference for Program operators across all Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) is a simple and easy-to-use resource that highlights the basics of crediting for the meats/meat alternates component.

Non-congregate Feeding, Offsite Monitoring, and Other Flexibilities Now Available!

July 1, 2022 - Per the recently passed Keep Kids Fed Act (KKFA), TDA can now use its approved statewide waivers to allow all SFSP and SSO sites to resume non-congregate service, no child/parent pickup, and offsite monitoring flexibilities without those waivers being related to a specific COVID-19 event. Other flexibilities will be available soon as well.

New! Food Buying Guide Mobile App Training Videos!

July 1, 2022 - Team Nutrition is excited to announce that training videos on navigating the Food Buying Guide (FBG) Mobile App are now available. These short videos are broken into four chapters to provide users with step-by-step instructions on using the Mobile App and its different components.

TX-UNPS FDP Upgrade Coming in 2023/2024

July 1, 2022 - The ordering functions in the TX-UNPS FDP module for NSLP and SFSP will transition to USDA's Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) system.

“And Justice for All” Poster

Updated June 8, 2022 - USDA has recently released guidance regarding the AJFA posters. Currently, USDA is working with TDA and will provide newly printed AJFA posters later this year. TDA is working on a statewide distribution plan and will communicate to all CEs when posters are available and being sent to your CE locations to be distributed to your sites.

New Summer 2022 FAQs Now Available

June 9, 2022 - New Summer 2022 FAQs have been published on the SquareMeals.org COVID-19 response page. Please familiarize yourself with the guidance, as operations are expected to transition back to pre-pandemic standards.

Update on Non-Congregate Feeding during Extreme Heat/Weather

June 1, 2022 - TDA is requesting from USDA the discretion to allow summer sites experiencing extreme heat or other extreme weather events to serve non-congregate meals on those days. If approved, TDA will provide further guidance on the request process.

Congrats to our Establishing 3E's grantees

June 1, 2022 - Establishing 3E’s grant recipients attended MegaCon to showcase their projects.

Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Age/Grade Exemption

June 1, 2022 - The SSO age/grade meal pattern portion sizes exemption is now available in TX-UNPS. CEs participating in SSO that are operating open and restricted open sites and have difficulty implementing the age/grade group requirements may apply for an exemption.

Edible School Gardens

June 1, 2022 - Webinars are available if you're looking to start a garden. Also subscribe to The Dirt, a newsletter from USDA FNS's Farm to School Program.

Updated School Data Report and New Area Eligibility Flexibilities

June 1, 2022 - TDA has updated the 2021-2022 School Data Report for Area Eligibility to account for new flexibilities available to Contracting Entities that operated the Seamless Summer Option during SY 2021-2022.

Availability of COVID-19 Response Waivers

June 1, 2022 - TDA has been authorized to approve non-congregate, meal service time, parent pick-up, and offsite monitoring waivers on a case-by-case basis in instances when a COVID-19 outbreak in or around the area of a site is affecting food service operations.

Updated Nondiscrimination Statement

June 1, 2022 - The Nondiscrimination Statement required on all public-facing Program materials has recently been updated to account for a recent court decision determining that the prohibition of discrimination based on sex in Title IX and the Food and Nutrition Act includes gender identity and sexual orientation.

SFSP Site Application Naming Conventions

March 1, 2022 - The “CV” naming conventions of “CVGG” and “CVHD” are discontinued in site applications.

SFSP/CACFP SALARIES

March 1, 2022 - Combined base salaries for CEs operating both SFSP and CACFP cannot exceed the maximum allowable base salaries as established in TDA’s CACFP Compensation Protocol.

Maximum Approvable Average Daily Participation (ADP)

February 4, 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 found on www.squaremeals.org under Summer News provides the maximum approvable ADP for the site by meal type for SFSP 2022.

SFSP Site Application Naming Conventions

The “CV” naming conventions of “CVGG” and “CVHD” are discontinued in site applications.

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.

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.

Requests for Increases in Compensation

April 14, 2021 - Requests for increases in compensation must be reasonable, allocable, and necessary.

Meal Time Overlap Error Message

November 1, 2020 - When entering meal service times, the system will respond with an Error Message if two meals occur within the same date range, on the same day of the week and overlap in meal service times.

Budget Detail - NEW and RENEWING CEs

September 1, 2020 - Please be aware the Budget Detail cost categories will be reviewed with an increased focus. CEs should be prepared to provide further cost details if requested.

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, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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