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Compliance for Summer Meal Programs

Program Integrity

Captain Integrity reminds contracting entities that maintaining Program Integrity is their Shield, their Success and their Responsibility. TDA developed this superhero concept to illustrate the inner strength that comes from adhering to the principles of Program Integrity.

View this
 Texas Department of Agriculture PowerPoint presentation to understand the fundamentals of what it takes to have a commitment to Program Integrity.

Use this link to access valuable information about USDA's proposed rule and program compliance.

Consequences of Program Fraud
Link to Program Integrity PowerPoint

TDA Food and Nutrition Captain Integrity Character

Avoiding the Pitfalls - 2018 SFSP Common Findings

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) provides the following information regarding the most common administrative review findings in the Summer Meal Programs to assist a contracting entity (CE) in identifying potential problems. Avoiding these pitfalls will help CEs stay in compliance with program requirements and receive full reimbursement for eligible expenses. Most of all, preventing these common findings will help you and TDA achieve the goal of making sure that healthy meals and snacks are provided for children. 

Preventing Common Administrative Review Findings

  • Set up and use a financial management system.
  • Develop a system to keep all the required documents and forms organized. Schedule time to maintain the paperwork.

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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