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School Food Authorities
A School Food Authority is defined as schools currently participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) applying for the at-risk afterschool care center component only.

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Schools already participating in the NSLP have a streamlined application process when applying to participate in the at-risk afterschool care center component of the CACFP. The information contained in the table below must be completed and/or submitted.

  • CE application screen in TX-UNPS
  • Site application in TX-UNPS for each at-risk site
  • Board of Directors screen in TX-UNPS -
    • SFAs will enter their Child Nutrition Director information.
  • CEs that currently administer NSLP are not required to submit a detailed budget, but they are required to a respond to the following budget questions in CACFP application:
-- Log on to TX-UNPS and select CACFP.
-- Click on Application.
-- Click on Add beside Contracting Entity Budget Detail.
-- Locate the Projected Annual CACFP Income header. Click on Anticipated Annual CACFP Reimbursement (Project Total Meals X Rate Annual Revenue under the Projected Annual CACFP Income header.
-- Locate the Supper, Free row under the ADP header. Type the number 1 in first text box and in the second text box on that row. TX-UNPS will automatically calculate the current rate and populate the last box in the row with the worksheet total. For 2016-2017, the total is $3.31. The amount may change each year.
-- Scroll to the bottom of the ADP section. Click CloseIf a warning message is generated, ignore the warning message and submit. The Contracting Entity Budget Detail screen will appear.
-- Locate Section H. Click the No checkbox for each of the questions in Section H.
-- Locate the Certification statement toward the bottom of screen. Click the checkbox in front of the statement to indicate that the information recorded is accurate.
-- Click Submit to complete the budget reporting process.

Direct Deposit Authorization (74-176)
  • Application for Texas Identification Number (AP-152)
    • If Using 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
  • Certificate of Authority
    • Upon submission of the intake form, the organization would have received a confirmation email that included the above form and instructions
  • Description of qualifying afterschool program that includes educational/enrichment activities
  • Checklist items
    • SFAs are not required to submit all the checklist items, however TX-UNPS requires a check mark in all checkboxes in order to submit the application.
  • Permanent Agreement Contracting Entity Specific Amendment
    • SFAs are required to amend the FND Permanent Agreement to add participation in the CACFP. 

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 2020-2021 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.

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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