Policy Documents
Bringing Procurement Into Focus Bringing Procurement Into Focus - Planning for accuracy in operation and documentation is essential for quality procurement practices.
Charge Policy Charge Policy - Charge policies outline how school nutrition program contracting entities (CEs) handle providing meals to students when payment cannot be collected at the point of service. Charge policies should be reasonable, well defined and maintain the integrity and dignity of students and households to minimize harm to the student.
Community Eligibility Provision Community Eligibility Provision - The Community Eligibility Provision is one of the universal meals options schools can choose.
Education Service Centers Education Service Centers - Regional Education Service Centers are valuable resources for schools across Texas.
Fun and Healthy Fundraisers Fun and Healthy Fundraisers - Get more out of fundraising with the 3Es of Healthy Living--Education, Exercise and Eating Right! The Texas Department of Agriculture offers these easy, low cost fundraising ideas to help schools fundraise in a healthy way. Your students can earn, learn and have fun without selling foods that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles.
Fundraising Guidance for Schools

Fundraising Guidance for Schools - Texas has specific policies related to competitive foods and school fundraisers.
NSLP Calendar PY20-21 NSLP Calendar PY20-21 - The Program Year Calendar provides key dates and reminders for CEs related to school nutrition program operation for each month, including action items and document due dates.

NSLP Procurement Brochure NSLP Procurement Brochure - CEs participating in NSLP can utilize this document as a summary to have the most-up-to date procurement information.

Professional Standards Professional Standards - Professional Standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs include minimum education requirements for school nutrition directors as well as annual training standards for all school nutrition professionals. These standards raise the profile of the profession, reduce risks in the food operation, and ensure personnel have the knowledge they need to serve healthy products and create nutritious and enjoyable school.

*Effective April 30, 2019 New flexibilities for hiring child nutrition program directors. Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) approval is required before using the exception. Click the link above for more information.

Purchasing Cooperative Guidelines Purchasing Cooperative Guidelines - This brochure outlines regulatory provisions and principles applicable to School Food Authorities seeking the services of a purchasing cooperative. 
Raising the Bar in School Nutrition Environments Raising the Bar in School Nutrition Environments - Developing wellness policies can help raise the bar in school nutrition environments.
Regulatory Crosswalk Regulatory Crosswalk - Schools in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs must follow procurement regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Education. This simple charts outlines the regulatory conflicts schools may encounter.
Summer Requirement Handout Summer Requirement Handout - This one pager explains TDA’s assistance in helping schools meet federal regulations in informing all student households of the Summer Nutrition Program offerings. ALL schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs are required to notify student households that SFSP and SSO meals are available.
Universal Breakfast Texas Senate Bill 376 Universal Breakfast Texas Senate Bill 376 - Some schools are required to provide breakfast at no charge to all students or submit a waiver to opt out of the requirement.

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Downloadable Outreach Materials
Menu Calendar Templates 2020-2021

Menu Calendar Templates 2020-2021
TDA's fun and informative new menu calendar templates for August 2020 - July 2021 include an exciting space theme each month that makes a healthy school meal fun and engaging for students and families. Click the month below to download. 

August 2020  Agusto 2020
September 2020 Septiembre 2020
October 2020 Octubre 2020
November 2020 Noviembre 2020
December 2020 Deciembre 2020
January 2021 Enero 2021
February 2021 Febrero 2021
March 2021 Marzo 2021
April 2021 Abril 2021
May 2021 Mayo 2021
June 2021 Junio 2021
July 2021 Julio 2021

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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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:

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