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Area Flooding Assistance Options

" April 22, 2016 - As the Houston area recovers from devastating floods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture are offering guidance that independent school districts affected by the flooding may use to assist their communities.

As the Houston area recovers from devastating floods, listed below is guidance independent school districts may use to assist their communities.

  • All students who have been displaced due to flooding in their homes may be considered homeless. The district's Homeless Liaison should update the homeless list to include all student's in this situation. Any student added by the Homeless Liaison is eligible to receive meals free. 


  • Districts may not unilaterally serve all students free no matter the percentage of students impacted by the flooding. Any student not declared homeless must be served based upon their individual eligibility.


  • If district facilities have been affected by flooding, a number of factors must be considered to determine next steps. Has the point of service been negatively impacted? Has the ability for the district to serve required meal components been negatively impacted? Has the ability to receive food and supplies orders been negatively impacted? For each question answered, determine the extent of the impact to the district's ability to meet all federal program requirements. If the assessment of the questions above would support a request to receive a waiver of certain program requirements, submit the requests and the supporting analysis to TDA via


  • The Red Cross is heading up community efforts to provide shelter to the areas impacted. If they determine there is a need for USDA Foods, they will request assistance through the Mass Care Coordinator at the State Operations Center (SOC). The SOC will coordinate the request with TDA. There must be a federal declaration of disaster in such cases.


We hope this information will help you as your strive to support your affected community.


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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:, 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:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

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Texas Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Sid Miller