Independent Centers

Independent Centers are defined as a single child care center or adult day care center.

Apply online at 

Complete training prior to application approval. Applications can be submitted prior to training, but the application cannot be approved until the training is completed. You will complete the appropriate "Introduction to the CACFP" course. If you have not already completed training, go to Intro to CACFP Training section to locate and register for the appropriate course.

Ensure you complete all the information under the following tabs as applicable: 

  • Application packet
  • Advance request - if your organization wants to receive advances
  • Annual audit   In addition to completing the information contained in TX-UNPS you will be required to submit the additional information listed below as applicable (reference the appropriate handbook as needed for additional information.)

  • FND Permanent Agreement
  • Direct Deposit Authorization (74-176)
  • Application for Texas Identification Number (AP-152)
    • If using an EIN submit either a copy of
      • The IRS letter issuing the EIN to the organization, or
      • A payment coupon with the EIN pre-printed on the coupon
  • Pre-Award Civil Rights Compliance Review
  • Description of qualifying afterschool enrichment/educational program (at-risk afterschool care centers only)
  • Documentation of Area Eligibility - verification from the school that the site is located in its attendance area.  Reference CACFP At-risk Afterschool Care Centers Handbook, Item 4221 for specific verification requirements (at-risk afterschool care centers only).
  • Documentation of Licensure
    Child care sites exempt from licensing must submit proof of exemption from the licensing requirement (reference the at-risk afterschool handbook for exceptions to this requirement)
  • Proof of compliance with State, City or County health and/or safety requirements if exempt from licensing
  • Proof of 501(c)(3) tax exemption (non-profit organizations only)
  • Organizational Chart
    • Include names and titles of all officers, agents, full or part time staff, volunteers, board members and consultants
  • Subcontract Agreements
  • Organization - Legal Documents (submit all that apply):
    • Articles of Incorporation
    • Certificate of Formation
    • Assumed Name Certificate
  • Governing Body –
    • Governing Body Awareness form
    • Legal Documents (applies to all Principals within non-governmental organizations)
      • Copy of Government Issued ID
        • Driver’s license
        • Military ID
        • Valid US Passport
        • Voter Registration Card
    • Proof of residential mailing address
      • Driver’s license
      • Copy of a current lease
      • Bank statement
      • Utility bill

Principal means any individual who holds a management position within, or is an officer of, an organization or a sponsored center, including all members of the organization’s board of directors or the sponsored center’s board of directors.

All forms that are not submitted in TX-UNPS must be completed in ink or other non-erasable print.

School Data
To determine if the school in which the site is located (attendance area) meets the eligibility requirements for the at-risk afterschool care center component of the CACFP (50% or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals) use the eligibility data provided on the 2022-2023 School Data.pdf.

Submit required documents and completed application (include your contracting entity (CE) ID on all correspondence, if applicable) to one of the following:
Email to:

Mail to:         
Texas Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Division

Attn: F&N Business Management - Program Eligibility

P.O. Box 12847

Austin, Texas 78711

Overnight to:
Texas Department of Agriculture           
Food and Nutrition Division             
Attn: F&N Business Management - Program Eligibility 
1700 North Congress Ave.

Austin, Texas 78701

Revised June 25, 2020

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

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:, 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
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