TDA NSLP Updates

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    Keep up with the latest policy memos and news from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

    September 2022

    • 2022 Turnip the Beet
    • Farm Fresh Challenge
    • National School Lunch Week 2022
    • USDA Foods Feedback on New Items
    • How School Lunch Is Made and How You Can Help
    • USDA Foods Online Training
    • WBSCM Transition Web Page
    • Important Deadlines
    • New FSMC Contract Review Form
    • PY23 Verification Reporting Resources
    • Special Provisions Carryover Reports
    • ARM Update: Carryover for CEP
    • Civil Rights Training Migrating to ICN
    • DC Matches Reminder
    • Summer P-EBT
    • Verification Begins Oct. 1
    • And Justice for All Posters

    August 2022

    • Farm Fresh Challenge
    • Local Wellness Policy Webinar
    • National School Lunch Week 2022
    • PR Lessons Learned
    • CN Photo Collection
    • Tip Sheet: Crediting Meat/Meat Alternates
    • ICN: Back-to-School Toolbox
    • Fueling My Healthy Life
    • Updated Team Nutrition Brochures
    • Important Deadlines
    • ARM Updates
    • Calculating Adult Meal Pricing
    • Reimbursement Rates for SY2022-23
    • Severe Need Reimbursement
    • Civil Rights Training Migrating to ICN
    • Updated Spanish Versions of Household Applications, Letters, and Media Release
    • Keep Kids Fed Act Flexibilities
    • WBSCM Update
    • Performance-based Supplemental Reimbursement
    • 2022 Turnip the Beet

    June 2022

    • School Garden Resources
    • Nutrient Analysis Protocols Manual
    • Summer Outreach Materials
    • School-Meal Communications Resources Coming Soon
    • Updated "A Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools"
    • Deadlines: Program Calendar and Claims
    • Paid Lunch Equity Update
    • Universal Breakfast Program Waivers
    • Civil Rights Training Migrating to ICN
    • Updated Nondiscrimination Statement
    • Additional Day School Year Calendar Policy Update
    • COVID-19 Response Waivers
    • LWP Triennial Assessment Extension
    • Excess Net Cash Resources Plan Form
    • 30-Day Carryover Eligibility
    • Updated School Data Report with Area Eligibility
    • SSO Claim for Month of Transition
    • School Meal Applications and Media Release Prototypes (English) Available
    • Establishing 3E's Grant Recipients

    May 2022

    • Food Safety Emergency Response Pocket Guide
    • Heat Ambassador for Ready Texas (HART) Applications
    • Fall Farm Fresh Challenge
    • Summer Outreach Materials
    • School Lunch Hero Day 
    • Important Deadlines
    • Updated Guidance on PLE Exemption
    • Universal Breakfast Program Waiver
    • Civil Rights Training Migrating to ICN
    • TDA to Request Waivers for Summer 2022 and SY2022-23
    • SSO Age/Grade Exemption
    • 2022 Turnip the Beet Recognition Award

    April 2022

    • MegaCon 2022
    • SFSP Live
    • Heat Ambassador for Ready Texas (HART) Applications
    • Transitional Standards Webinar Recording
    • Monthly School Call Webinar
    • New School Breakfast Resources
    • Fall Farm Fresh Challenge
    • Summer Outreach Materials
    • School Lunch Hero Day 
    • New Applications Pages
    • Important Deadlines
    • Pre-K Eligibility Reminder
    • Universal Breakfast Program Waiver
    • SY2022-2023 Income Eligibility Guidelines
    • Excess Net Cash Resources Plan Form
    • USDA Approves Four "Traditional" Summer Waivers
    • Correction to ARM Section 4 Eligibility
    • Turnip the Beet 2021 Texas Award Recipients

    March 2022

    • Sid Miller's NSBW Message
    • NSLP Farm Fresh Challenge
    • MegaCon 2022
    • SFSP Live
    • Heat Ambassador for Ready Texas (HART) Applications
    • Summer Texting Number Change
    • Summer Materials
    • Best Practices Tip Sheet for Meals Served Outside Cafeteria
    • Important Deadlines
    • Financial Report Update
    • Universal Breakfast Program Waivers
    • NSLP Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium
    • Updated Income Eligibility Guidelines for 2022-23
    • NSLP Data Report
    • USDA's Meal Talk Webinars

    February 2022

    • NSLP Farm Fresh Challenge
    • MegaCon 2022
    • SFSP Live
    • New FBG Feature
    • New Number for Summer Meals
    • USDA Foods Recipe Book
    • Summer Meals Event Webinar
    • Supply Chain Assistance Funding
    • School Breakfast Week Materials
    • Updated: Parent Pickup Resource
    • ACDA Conference
    • Important Deadlines
    • Financial Report Update
    • Updated ARM Sections

    January 2022

    • New School Year 22-23 Menu Calendar Templates
    • MegaCon 2022
    • TDA Concludes Farm Fresh Challenge
    • New FBG Feature
    • New Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool Feature
    • New LEP Tool
    • School Breakfast Week Materials
    • Student Art Contest
    • Transitioning to User Access Manager
    • Important Deadlines
    • Low-Fat (1%) Flavored Milk Extension
    • Updated: ARM Section 18

    December 2021

    • MegaCon 2022
    • School Breakfast Week Materials
    • Student Art Contest
    • Holiday Meal Ideas
    • Transitioning to User Access Manager
    • Verification Report
    • On-site Monitoring
    • FSMC Contracts due December 31
    • Record of Meal Pattern Deviations Resources
    • Resources on Procurement and Supply Chain Issues

    November 2021

    • Stronger with School Meals Materials
    • Professional Standards Training Reward Badges
    • SY22-23 Menu Calendar Templates
    • Back-to-School Support Kit
    • Due Dates: Claims, Farm Fresh Challenge Attestations, School Breakfast Week Pre-Order, Student Art Contest
    • Texas Summer Mandate and Waiver
    • Low-Fat (1%) Flavored Milk Waiver Extended
    • New Process for Transfer of USDA Foods
    • Unanticipated School Closure Form
    • P-EBT Updates
    • Preliminary Verification Report
    • Q&A: Emergency Procurement
    • TDA Streamlines Communications
    • USDA Clarifications for Entitlement

    September 2021

    • Back to School Resources
    • Local Wellness Policy Resources
    • New Feature & Process for Texas ELMS
    • Meat and Meat Alternates for Breakfast Guide
    • USDA Farm to School Census Data
    • Verification Sample Method Worksheet
    • Virtual Instructor-Led Training by ICN
    • Deadlines: Turnip the Beet, NSLP Farm Fresh Challenge, Media Release
    • Policy Updates & Compliance Reminders: Revised ARM, Summer Mandate Cost Reporting
    • Angela Olige's Retirement and Welcoming of New Assistant Commissioner

    August 16, 2021

    • National School Lunch Week
    • New Electronic Forms for Transfer of USDA Foods
    • PY 2021-22 Application Reminders
    • New Parent Resources
    • Health Ambassadors for a Ready Texas (HART) Application Now Open
    • Resource for Supply Challenge Management
    • New Professional Standards Resources from Team Nutrition

    August 2, 2021

    • SNP Site Applications Must Be Submitted Before SSO Site Application Processing
    • Value of Donated Foods Posted in Federal Register
    • SSO Operators Do Not Need to Complete Attachment B
    • October Farm Fresh Challenge Registration
    • Improvements in F&N Newsletters
    • Farm to School Program Still Open
    • DoD Funds Are Ready to Use
    • First Allocations of USDA Foods in Warehouses Are Available

    July 19, 2021

    • SSO Site Applications Open for SY21-22
    • NSLP Reimbursement Rates Out
    • October Farm Fresh Challenge Registration
    • School Program Quick Reference
    • Updated Tracker Took for Professional Standards
    • Turnip the Beet 2021
    • Procurement Training Series
    • Exhibit A Grain Tool Webinar in Spanish
    • You Art What you Eat Contest

    July 6, 2021

    • Reminder to Update SSO & SFSP Site Application End Dates
    • SSO Media Release Prototype, Letters to Household Templates, Eligibility Notification templates
    • P-EBT Request for Review Process
    • Meal Pattern Waivers for 2021-22
    • Procurement Training Webinars
    • Food Safety Series
    • Team Nutrition Training Guide
    • USDA Foods: 2021-22 commodity bulletins are live; DoD Fresh Program funds available

    June 21, 2021

    • Local Wellness Policy Waiver Extension
    • October Farm Fresh Challenge
    • Turnip the Beet 2021
    • Food Safety Series
    • Commodity Delivery and Storage Fee Reimbursement

    June 7, 2021

    • Summer Feeding Video Series
    • USDA Policy Memo on Broadband Benefits
    • Updated Forms and Applications
    • Updated ARM: Eligibility and Procurement
    • 2021-2022 Universal Breakfast Waiver
    • CEP Due Date Extension
    • TDA Resources: Summer Meals, P-EBT, Program Year Calendar
    • TDA Grant for Farm Fresh Initiatives
    • USDA Foods: Webinar, Farm to School Survey Open
    • Farm Fresh Challenge Participants

    May 17, 2021

    • You Art What You Eat Contest Winners
    • 2021-2022 Universal Breakfast Program Waivers
    • Share Summer Meals Kick-Off Events with TDA
    • Emergency Broadband Program
    • Food Safety Reminder
    • Provide USDA Foods Warehouse Feedback
    • Texas Farm Fresh Challenge Attestation

    May 4, 2021

    • School Lunch Hero Day
    • ARM Update for Pre-K Meal Eligibility
    • Attachment B Clarification for SSO
    • NSLP Meal Appeal Toolkit
    • SY21-22 Warehouse Contract Awardees
    • Commodity Storage and Distribution Reimbursements

    April 19, 2021

    • HART Application Extended
    • New Feature on Professional Standards Training Tracker
    • Urban Schools Agricultural Grant Program
    • Farm Fresh Webinar Series Continues
    • Texas Farm Fresh Survey Closes April 30

    April 5, 2021

    • SFSP Live Training April 14
    • State Match Public Notice
    • Updated Income Eligibility Guideline Charts for NSLP/SBP and SMP
    • New Feature Alert for the Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool
    • Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition
    • Updated Online CACFP Meal Pattern Training
    • Updated MENU Module

    March 15, 2021

    • Income Eligibility Guidelines for SY21-22
    • USDA Nondiscrimination Statement Revision Reminder
    • 2021 Spring Farm Fresh Challenge
    • Farm Fresh Video Series Opportunity
    • Summer Feeding Materials
    • NSLP/SBP Program Year Calendar
    • Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant
    • Texting Tool for No Cost Meals
    • Food Buying Guide App Updates
    • TDA's Training Page
    • Health Ambassadors for a Ready Texas
    • You Art What You Eat Student Art Contest
    • 2021-2022 CACFP Input Workgroup Applications

    March 1, 2021

    • 2021 National School Breakfast Week
    • 2020-2021 School Data
    • New Emergency or Sole Procurement jot form
    • USDA Nondiscrimination Statement Revision Reminder
    • 2021 Spring Farm Fresh Challenge
    • Farm Fresh Video Series Opportunity
    • Food Buying Guide and App Updates
    • TDA Online Training Updates
    • 2021-2022 CACFP Input Workgroup Applications
    • CEP Reporting
    • Financial Report Reminder

    February 1, 2021

    • 2021 National School Breakfast Week
    • Updated Procurement Guidance: Buy American and Buy Board
    • New Emergency and Sole Procurement jot form
    • 2021 Spring Farm Fresh Challenge
    • Farm Fresh Video Series Opportunity
    • Updated Policy-Related Documents
    • New Menu Calendar Templates
    • TDA Online Training Updates
    • You Art What You Eat Contest

    January 19, 2021

    • National School Breakfast Week
    • Summer Mandate
    • Updates to MENU Module
    • SFSP Reimbursement Rates
    • Guide to Professional Standards
    • Financial Report
    • 2021 Spring Farm Fresh Challenge
    • Jump with Jill
    • New Menu Calendar Templates
    • Excess USDA Foods Inventory
    • New Training Modules: Calorie Requirements, CEP, Competitive Food Sales
    • NEW FBG Enhancements

    December 7, 2020

    • You Art What You Eat Contest
    • Internet Explorer action needed
    • Financial Report and training
    • Summer Mandate
    • Updated non-discrimination statement
    • Food Assistance one-pager
    • USDA Foods Webinar
    • 2021 Farm to School Grant
    • Mid-year inventory counts of USDA Foods

    March 9, 2020

    • MEGACON2020 
    • Financial report 
    • Universal Breakfast Mandate waiver
    • User Access Manager in TX-UNPS
    • Tips for SquareMeals Website
    • ARM Revision: Section 25 Professional Standards
    • Summer meals requirement -- marketing
    • And Justice for All posters
    • Health Ambassadors for a Ready Texas (HART) application open
    • Ag Matters newsletter
    • Job opportunities with TDA

    February 4, 2020

    • MEGACON2020 Save the Date
    • Universal Breakfast Mandate waiver
    • Federal Register comments on Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool
    • ARM Revisions: Section 17 Procurement, Daily Record/Accuclaim for Afterschool Programs
    • List of schools participating in NSLP
    • Updated SNP-related letters and forms (application letters, verification letters and forms, media releases, special milk documents)
    • Summer requirement for all schools
    • USDA Foods survey deadline reminder
    • Job opportunities with TDA

    February 10, 2020

    • MEGACON2020 Save the Date: TDA Processors Expo and TDA Expo
    • School Breakfast Week 
    • You Are What You Eat art contest
    • Menu Calendar Templates
    • SFSP notification and summer materials
    • SFSP 2020 reimbursement rates
    • Turnip the Beet!
    • Revised onsite monitoring form for CACFP At-Risk and ASCP, SNP Records Retention List
    • Policy Memo: School Breakfast Program Continuation of Substitution of Vegetables for Fruit Flexibility
    • Policy Memo: Paid Lunch Equity Guidance for School Year 2020-21
    • Revise/New Arm Sections: 4A, 17, 17A
    • DoD Fresh entitlement distribution
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