Latest Coronavirus Updates
School Year 2022 and 2023 Texas Summer Mandate
For the 2022 and 2023 school year, TDA will be using March 2020 data to identify which school districts must participate in the Texas Summer Mandate. Participation in SSO for the 2021-2022 school year will not impact eligibility for the summer mandate.  TDA will notify mandated schools by October 31st of each year.
Waivers for Summer Meal Programs
Deadline Exemption/Waiver Topic
and Purpose
Explanation and
Guidance in the Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM)

  • Opens Nov. 1
  • Closes Jan. 31
Summer Mandate:
SFAs who are mandated must submit their intent to operate a summer feeding program (SSO, SFSP or Partner with another SFA) or submit a waiver. Waiver Purpose - Seek approval to opt out of mandated requirement to serve a summer meal program.

Section 11, Summer Meals

  • Opens 5-31
  • Closes 8-31
Seamless Summer Option Age/Grade Group Meal Pattern Portion Size:
Waiver purpose - Seek approval to serve only one age/grade group meal pattern at a summer meal site.

Section 11, Summer Meals
Non-congregate Feeding based on Extreme Weather and Non-Congregate Feeding and Demonstration Project Based on Excessive Heat waivers are not currently approved by USDA. If you are seeking non-congregate feeding, please refer to the Declare or Decline COVID-19 Meal Service Waiver Options Form.

Nationwide Waivers in SFSP – Questions and Answers  Maximize 

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

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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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