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The review materials on this page were designed to assist school administrators and nutrition professionals as they navigate changes in school meal programs. These materials are easy to use and can be valuable for students, parents and community leaders as well. 



All the changes in the updated CACFP meal pattern can be implemented by NSLP School Food Authorities as early as July 1, 2017 and no later than October 1, 2017. CEs do not need to notify TDA that they will begin early implementation. However, CEs will need to document their implementation in Food Production Records and menus as appropriate.


Fundraisers Guidance for Schools

Texas has specific policies related to competitive foods and school fundraisers. Click here for details.


community eligibility provision brochure

The Community Eligibility Provision is one of the universal meals options schools can choose. Click here to learn more.

School districts can find guidance on how to reduce food waste by repurposing and donating unused food. Access the Leftovers brochure here. 

Some schools are required to provide breakfast at no charge to all students or submit a waiver to opt out of the requirement. Learn more by clicking here.


HUSSC card 

Texas schools receive valuable recognition and additional funding by participating in the HealthierUS School Challenge. Click here for more information.

local wellness policy brochure

Developing wellness policies can help raise the bar in school nutrition environments. Click here to learn more.


 ESC card

Regional Education Service Centers are valuable resources for schools across Texas. Click here for details.

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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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