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Utilizing USDA Foods in Schools
TX-UNPS FDP Contract Packet   

Contracting Entities (CEs) must first complete the Contracting Entity Information Update and the Checklist sections in this module and then click the “Submit for Approval” button to access the Annual Surveys. Please review your Contacts section(s) and modify the information as needed.

Note: The Annual Surveys include the list of foods that might be available for purchase by USDA.

Contracting Entity Information Update Screen

CEs must indicate which USDA Foods program(s) they wish to participate in for SY 2021. CEs may choose from Processing, Farm to School and/or DoD Fresh Fruits and Vegetables by selecting “Yes” or “No” next to the program question.  Once all required fields are complete, a green check mark will appear next to the Contracting Entity Information Update link on the Contract Packet screen.

CEs choosing to participate in processing must indicate how much entitlement they intend to use for Processing and select their corresponding Processing Co-op.  Members of a co-op should contact their co-op coordinator for additional instructions.

Farm to School (FTS) Program:
CEs choosing to participate in FTS will be given access to the FTS Survey in TX-UNPS.

DoD Fresh Program:
CEs choosing to participate with DoD Fresh Fruits & Vegetables must do so by the Contract Packet deadline.  DoD Fresh Entitlement is a one-time distribution by TDA for the new SY as a fair share percentage to all participating CEs. To have all, or a portion of a CEs entitlement dedicated for use in this program, the CE must have a minimum of $100 available entitlement as “unspent” in TX-UNPS.

TX-UNPS FDP Contract Packet Checklist Items   
For contracting entities, except direct ship schools, here are the checklist items in this category.

The only checklist item required is for CEs choosing to participate in the DoD Fresh Program. CE’s that checked YES to participate in this program must complete the DoD information sheet via the electronic JotForm link. Access the jot form here:

Commodity Processing   
If you participate in commodity processing as a member of a purchasing co-op, please contact your co-op coordinator for further guidance.

Contact TDA at 1-877-TEX-MEAL (1-877-839-6325), then press #4; or email CommodityOperations@TexasAgriculture.Gov for commodity-related questions.

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, 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: How to File a Complaint, 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
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