Summer Resources
Please Note
Some resources may not currently be relevant to schools due to COVID-19.

Policy Documents
Department Notices Department Notices - Hang these notices to inform families that this summer, local agencies and organizations will partner with TDA to serve summer meals in communities across the state and children 18 and younger, and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old are eligible to receive meals at no cost as part of the SFSP.
Education Service Centers Education Service Centers - Regional Education Service Centers are valuable resources for schools across Texas.
Summer Requirement Handouts 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.

Downloadable Outreach Materials
Schools and Child Nutrition Directors: This year, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will not deliver posters for you to display at school or cards for you to distribute to students. Instead, you can use email to deliver the attached Parent Information Card PDF to all your students and inform them of how to find meal sites serving meals in the Summer Meal Programs. Federal regulations require SFAs to make this notification even if the SFA does not serve summer meals and I hope the email delivery will make compliance simpler for you.

Please inform your Principal with the same letter of notification regarding this change in meeting your federal requirement. The email that went out is available here if you did not receive it.

The materials in the order form link below are for extra community promotion efforts. Contracting Entities operating Seamless Summer Operation be sure to provide notification as described in Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM), Section 12, Seamless Summer Operation (SSO).

Summer Best Practices Guidebook

Summer Best Practices Guidebook View and Download Here! - This guidebook details the SFSP resources TDA is providing below and includes instructions for utilizing them effectively. As a dedicated sponsor you know that increasing your community’s awareness of the availability of meals is just as important as developing robust meal sites complete with good nutrition and enrichment activities. And don't forget! Find out if a food item is credible by using the Food Buying Guide here.

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Additional Toolkits  Maximize 

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
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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Commissioner Sid Miller

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